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Community Update - October 2017
​​Photo Focus: 311
When the potential dangers of Hurricane Irma became a reality for South Florida last month, Broward County’s 311 Emergency Hotline was the calm, before, during and after the storm. Calls from residents began to pour in as early as Tuesday, September 5th and by 8AM the next day the Call Center was operating 24 hours a day. Over the next ten days, more than 80 County employees from a variety of agencies responded to more than 51,000 calls. Visit Broward.org/CallCenter.​​
Commissioners Approve FY2018 Budget

Broward County Commissioners have approved a $4.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 that takes effect on October 1st. The proposed total millage (property tax) rate will remain the same as fiscal year 2017, at 5.669 per thousand dollars of taxable value. Generally, homestead taxpayers will experience a slight increase in county taxes. The increase in assessed value for “Save Our Homes” homesteaded property owners is about $18 more than last year, for a home with a taxable value of $148,800. For other properties, the change in the assessed value of each property will determine how much the property taxes will change.

Overall, the total budget increases by $48 million which reflects an increase in the operating budget of $129 million offset by an $81 million decrease in the capital budget. Budgets for county agencies increase $25 million and address critical priorities such as opening the expanded Broward Addiction Recovery Center to help respond to the opioid crisis, providing additional resources for human services programs and paratransit, increasing Zika prevention efforts, additional funding for elderly home care, environmental programs, libraries and expansion of the County's affordable housing program. Budgets for the Broward Sheriff's Office, Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections increased by $33.5 million, including an additional $7.5 million for BSO to provide courthouse security and consolidated dispatch services. Broward County taxes consist of less than one-quarter of the overall tax bill, which also includes city taxes, school district taxes and special taxing districts. Visit Broward.org/Budget. More...​​


FEMA Disaster Assistance is Available

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared Broward County eligible for individual assistance. FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster. If you have damage or sustained impact that you believe will result in future damage, register now either online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 to register. Apply now at DisasterAssistance.gov. If you don’t have internet service, stop by a Broward County Library location for assistance.

Operation Blue Roof is underway for Broward residents. An application center has been setup at a Walmart Supercenter, 2500 W. Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, from 8AM-6PM for residents and businesses to apply for free blue tarps to protect exposed areas of homes and buildings from the elements following Hurricane Irma. Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible. Visit Broward.org. More...


Avoid Being Scammed After a Storm

Broward County urges property owners to be careful of opportunists, con artists and unlicensed Public Adjusters in the aftermath of a storm like Hurricane Irma. Avoid being scammed and be suspicious if a contractor demands payment upfront for repair work, has no physical address or identification, asks you to sign something you haven’t reviewed, or requests personal financial information to start the repair or lending process. Fifty-four teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in Florida, including Broward, helping people register for individual FEMA assistance. These mobile team members can be easily identified by their federal photo identifications and FEMA clothing. To report scams or suspicious contractors, call the State of Florida Department of Financial Services, a Division of Investigative & Forensic Services, Fraud Tip Hotline at 800-378-0445, the Consumer Helpline at 877-693-5236 or their Public Assistance Fraud Hotline at 866-762-2237. Or, call local law enforcement. More...


Beach Clean Up Particularly Meaningful Post Irma
As part of the Ocean Conservancy's 32nd International Coastal Cleanup, Broward's Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division is organizing a beach cleanup at 13 different locations. This year, volunteers will help pick up debris from Hurricane Irma. The clean-up is Saturday, October 7th from 9AM to noon, at the following beaches:
  • Deerfield - Deerfield Island Park and Deerfield Beach
  • Dania Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale - Earl Lifshey Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and South Beach Park
  • Hollywood - Mizell-Johnson State Park, North Beach Park, Oceanwalk, and Keating Park
  • Hallandale Beach - South City Beach Park
  • Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
  • Pompano Beach
Visit Broward's Coastal Cleanup website for more details and site location map. To volunteer at one of Broward's 13 locations, email coastalcleanup@broward.org. Be sure to include your contact information, the site you wish to attend, and the number of people in your group. Visit Broward.org/NaturalResources and under Beach and Marine select COASTAL CLEANUP.

County Facility Updates

Broward’s new Animal Care and Adoption Center recently received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Progress continues at the new courthouse complex as all stakeholder moves into the new Tower were completed and all moves out of the Central and West wings of the courthouse were finalized ahead of demolition this fall. A major construction milestone happened this summer as the Broward Addiction Recovery Center had its topping off ceremony, the symbolic completion of the structural phase of the building. The project is on schedule and more than 30 percent complete. Substantial completion is scheduled for early 2018. Watch for future milestone updates and achievements.


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Big Dogs Rule
If you’re looking to bring home a new furry friend, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is making an offer too good to resist. From now through November 17th, adopt a Big Dog (40 lbs. or more) for free and receive free pet supplies. If you adopt a small dog (less than 40 lbs.), you will be able to name your own adoption fee. Adoption fees on cats and kittens continue to be waived including our adoptable cats at Pet Supermarket stores located in Broward County. All adoptions include spaying/neutering, all necessary vaccinations, a Broward County Rabies Registration License tag and a microchip. Visit Broward.org/Animal.

Broward County@Your Service highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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