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Community Update - October 2016
Photo Focus: September 11 Memorial Unveiled at FLL
The Aviation Department recently hosted a dedication ceremony of the new September 11 Memorial in Terminal 1 of Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The local Police Pipe and Drum Corps of Florida played their bagpipes in solemn salute to those who lost their lives on that tragic day. The 9/11 Memorial is over 18 feet tall and includes artifacts such as a fragment of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, a helmet of a New York Fire Department firefighter who took part in the recovery effort and an American flag donated by a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
Broward Commissioners Cut Property Tax Rate
The Broward County Commission has cut the property tax rate by one-percent for fiscal year 2017 setting the millage rate at 5.669. Most homeowners with a homestead exemption will see no increase on the County portion of their property tax bill. The total recommended budget for FY17 is $4.7 billion, which encompasses all tax supported and non-tax supported funds. Overall the total budget increases by $505 million with substantial funding provided for large projects at the County’s Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Water and Wastewater Services. Visit Broward.org/Budget. More...

Voters to Consider Penny Surtax on November Ballot
On the ballot this November 8th are two half penny sales surtax questions. One 0.5 cent sales surtax is proposed to fund countywide transportation projects and the other 0.5 cent sales surtax is proposed to fund infrastructure projects. Together, they represent a one percent sales surtax, which is the equivalent of one penny per dollar spent. These two ballot questions are linked together, so that both must pass in order for either to take effect. To see the list of County transportation and city infrastructure improvement projects proposed for your community, visit Apennyatwork.com.

County Seeking Private Sector Site Development Partner
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development is promoting a public/private development opportunity adjacent to the City of Fort Lauderdale in the Broward Municipal Services District. This project is part of the County Commission’s ongoing effort to revitalize the area. The potential project is intended to help transform a collection of six parcels totaling a little over an acre located in the 300 block of Northwest 27th Avenue just north of the 310,000-square-foot Riverbend Marketplace development featuring a recently opened Walmart Super Center. Visit Broward.org/EconDev.

Consultant's Report on Regional 911 Now Available
The County released Phase 1 of a two-phase consultant’s report on the Consolidated Regional 911 service. The report highlights opportunities for system improvement, but also notes that “contrary to often cited perceptions, the system is performing - quantitatively - better than conveyed by stakeholders.” The consultant, Fitch and Associates, was hired at the request of County Administrator Bertha Henry to assess stakeholder perceptions about the performance of the 911 system, and benchmark current operations and actual performance data against national best practices. Visit Broward.org/CommunicationsTechnology.

You’re Invited to the Healthy Community Zone Event
The Broward Municipal Services District along with partners from Broward Regional Health Planning Council and TOUCH (Transforming Our Community’s Health) invite Broward families to attend the Healthy Community Zone 2nd Annual Celebration, October 15th, from 11AM - 2PM at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale. The event will educate the community on how to include good health and wellness practices into daily routines. Free food, music, giveaways and fun festivities heightens the celebration. For more information, visit Touchbroward.org/hcz/bmsd, email AskBMSD@broward.org, or call Aretha Wimberly at 954-357-7794.

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