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This Week in Broward County Government
September 12, 2014
Volume XIX, No. 37
Broward County Library Cards Go Virtual
Broward County Library’s (BCL) WoW mobile app is used by thousands of library customers to quickly and easily search for materials, reserve items, locate the closest facility, as well as find library events and classes. Now, customers can use the app as a virtual library card to check out materials using their smartphone or tablet. Customers simply sign in to their account, click on "Library Card", then show their virtual card to the librarian at the circulation desk. That means no more lost cards or long checkout lines. To download the app, visit BCL WoW. The app is available for Android, Apple and other smartphones. More…

Bus Only Traffic Signal Being Tested in Tamarac
Motorists traveling northbound on SR-7/US 441 at the intersection of Prospect Road near Tamarac, during morning and afternoon rush hours, may notice that buses are moving ahead of waiting vehicles and going through what appears to be a red light. The buses have been outfitted with a special transponder that activates a “Bus Only” signal and changes the traffic light to green as they approach the intersection. This is part of a pilot project to allow buses to continue through intersections promptly and safely and improve traffic flow for other vehicles. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in coordination with Broward County Transit (BCT), and Broward County Traffic Engineering, is testing the “Bus Only” traffic signals at the Fort Lauderdale/North Lauderdale/Tamarac boundary. More…

Deadline for Property Owners to Appeal Value Assessments and Exemptions is September 17th
The Broward County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) provides an independent forum for property owners to appeal their property’s value, exemptions and classifications. Property owners can file a petition with the VAB if they disagree with the assessment of their property’s value or have been denied an exemption, classification or tax deferral. The deadline to file a timely petition is Wednesday, September 17th.  There is a $15 non-refundable fee. Petitions may be filed electronically by using a credit card or in person at the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 120. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5PM. Extended hours will be offered on Wednesday, September 17th, from 7:30AM-6:30PM. For more information visit the Value Adjustment Board website. More…

Public Hearings Planned for County’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposed Broward County fiscal year 2015 budget will have an opportunity to do so on Tuesday, September 23rd, starting at 5:01PM, at the Broward Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale. The FY 2015 recommended total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $4.1 billion.  The recommended budget continues the County’s long standing tradition of financial stability, multi-year planning and responsible stewardship. Overall, the total budget increases by $28.5 million due to an increase in the operating and debt service components and a decrease in the capital budget. The $28.5 million represents an increase of less than one percent in the total $4.1 billion budget. Under the current proposed budget the total property tax rate will remain the same as this year. Most taxpayers will see a small increase in their county taxes, which comprise approximately 23 percent of their overall property tax bill.  A homestead property owner, with the average taxable value, whose value goes up 1.5 percent can expect to pay approximately $17 more in county property taxes in FY 15.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Broward County Libraries
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the contributions, traditions and culture of Hispanics and Latino Americans to the United States. Broward County Libraries is offering a number of fun, free events to mark this special occasion, from September 15th through October 15th. Experience the history, culture and traditions through book discussions, films, music, art, dance and cooking demonstrations. The library also offers a wealth of online resources for learning and exploration of Hispanic culture and traditions. Visit Broward County Libraries to see the schedule of events.

Artists Sought for Tradewinds Park & Stables Art Project
Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Division is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork at Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek. The function of the artwork will be to increase the Park’s visibility from either West Sample Road or the Florida Turnpike. It is envisioned that the artwork will become a landmark and welcome visitors to one of the county’s largest and most diverse parks. The application deadline for this Call to Artists is September 28th. To see a full version of this call, visit the Broward Cultural Division. More…

Holiday Fantasy of Lights 5K Run/Walk Registration Sale Begins Today
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights 5k Run/Walk is returning to Tradewinds Park & Stables on Saturday, November 15th. The "Run Through the Lights" is South Florida's most unique run/walk experience, and offers great food and family entertainment after the race. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of early bird registration, September 12th-14th, to save $5 on fees . For more information visit Holiday Fantasy of Lights 5k Run/Walk.

Family Success Division Closes Satellite Office in Davie
The Family Success Administration Division has closed its satellite office in Davie. Customers can visit the South Family Success Office at 4733 SW 18th Street, West Park, 954-357-5650. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5PM. To find other locations visit the Family Success website.

News from “Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community”

Kapok Tree Grand Ballroom         Broward Moments - The Kapok Tree Inn
Broward Moments are about significant events and people in the County’s 100-year history that have contributed to the rich culture, creative vitality and economic growth of our community.The Kapok Tree Inn was a restaurant in Davie that opened in 1974, on the former site of the Pioneer City tourist attraction. The restaurant’s name was derived from the large kapok tree located on the site. The facility was extravagantly decorated and exceedingly successful, drawing both tourists and locals until its closure in 1988. Broward County purchased the site in 1991 and it is now the Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center. At 157 acres, this site is one of the largest of the natural areas currently managed by the County Parks and Recreation Division, and home to one of the County’s public artworks commissioned through Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design program. For more information visit Broward 100.org, or email Broward100@broward.org.  Get instant updates by following on Twitter.com/Broward100, official hashtag #Broward100, and like us on Facebook.com/BrowardCounty100.


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