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Community Update - November 2016
Photo Focus: 365 Food Drive
Since 2010, Broward County residents have donated more than 19 tons of non-perishable food items to the County’s 365 Food Drive. Collected items are distributed to food pantries throughout the County and in turn distributed to help feed the hungry in our community. According to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, there are 281,940 individuals in Broward County who experience challenges with acquiring food. With the holidays right around the corner, residents are encouraged to donate non-perishable items at designated drop-off sites throughout the County. Visit Broward.org/FoodDrive for details. ​
Property Taxes Due Beginning November 1st​
The Records, Taxes & Treasury Division has mailed more than 500,000 property tax bills for 2016. For property taxpayers whose bills are paid by escrow arrangement, a courtesy tax bill copy will be mailed in mid- November. Property taxes must be paid no later than March 31, 2017 to avoid penalties and delinquency fees, but may be paid as early as November 1, 2016 to take advantage of discounts. A four percent discount applies to taxes paid in November; a three percent discount applies in December; a two percent discount in January; and a one percent discount in February. All 2016 tax bills will also be available at broward.county-taxes.com on Nov. 1st for viewing, printing, or online payment. For more information, call 954-831-4000 or visit Broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.

New Animal Care Adoption Center
The new Animal Care and Adoption Center will open to the public on November 15th. Broward County Commissioners officially cut the ribbon on Thursday, October 27th for the new 40,000 square foot facility. The $16.5 million Center, located at 2400 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale, is nearly double the size of the current facility and has the capacity to care for approximately 500 dogs and cats. It features the latest in modern sheltering, including an expanded surgical suite, centralized cleaning and disinfection system, specialized treatment rooms for advanced disease management and a stand-by generator in the event of a power outage. It’s also LEED certified. Be sure to join Animal Care for a week of Grand Opening festivities and specials, beginning at 11AM on November 15th. Visit Broward.org/Animal.

Holidays Begin with the Holiday Fantasy of Lights
The Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road in Coconut Creek, has been a family tradition for years. The drive-through extravaganza, entering its 22nd season, is larger than ever and features three miles of animated light displays and illuminated trees. It runs from November 18th - January 2nd, from 6-10PM nightly, including holidays. Want to magnify your experience? Grab some 3-D glasses, available with your purchase. Sneak peeks are available by way of a 5K Run and Walk on November 12th and a Bike Night on November 13th. Visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com for fees and additional information on how to register for the 5K Run and Walk and Bike Night. More...

Five More Libraries Open on Fridays
Great news! Library customers asked for more open days at their favorite libraries and Broward County responded. To date, 18 Broward County libraries have expanded their hours. The following additional locations will be open from 10AM-6PM on Fridays: Carver Ranches Library, Hallandale Beach Library, Margate/Catharine Young Library, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library and Northwest Branch Library. Additionally, West Regional Library has new extended hours and is now open 10AM-8PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is anticipated by year’s end that an additional 10,000 hours per year will be provided by Broward County Library services. Visit Broward.org/Library.

Make Your Next Career Move to Broward County
If you have the talent, we have the opportunities. Broward County is an innovative organization nationally recognized for excellence in a wide range of public services. We value our diverse workforce and actively promote career advancement and professional development. Explore your possibilities and visit our career website. Follow us on Twitter@BrowardCareers or LinkedIn@Broward County Careers. More...

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Landlords are key to helping end homelessness in Broward County. The Landlord Recruitment Initiative matches Broward County landlords who have homes to rent, with individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Rent is guaranteed by local government, state and federally funded programs and is implemented locally through Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Broward Outreach Center and members of the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership. Tenants are pre-screened and must demonstrate a commitment to achieving self-sufficiency. Families and veterans are pre-qualified and case managers are available to assist landlords and tenants. Learn more at Broward.org/Homeless.

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