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Commissioner's Monthly Message
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020

Dear Community Members, 

Broward County is finally seeing a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases and that is all because of you, our residents, businesses and our community as a whole who are buckling down by wearing masks and following the requirements that have been put in place. I want to thank each and every one of you for the great efforts that you have made to help keep our community, specifically our most vulnerable population as safe as possible during this pandemic. While these numbers are great news, we are still not in the clear! Residents are reminded that we can not let our guard down and that we must continue to follow CDC guidelines. 

CARES Act Funding Update

CARES ACTBroward County has made great progress moving forward to get approximately $340 million dollars to our community, which certainly needs assistance during this pandemic. In late August, the Board approved up to approximately $102 million dollars to municipalities to distribute the funds in a variety of categories, from economic support services to public health expenses and more. Most excitingly, I am proud that our Board allocated $25 million for an eviction prevention/rental assistance program, $25 million for businesses and $10 million for not-for-profit organizations. The rental assistance program application deadline has passed and in one week the County received about 3,700 applications. Staff is working diligently to make sure everyone gets the assistance they need. For more details on the rental assistance program, visit www.Broward.org/CARES.   

The Business assistance program will be up and running soon and I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. For more information on these programs you can visit www.Broward.org/coronavirus. Additionally, you can also visit your municipalities website for more information on any of their assistance programs. 

Need Immediate Assistance?

COVID Questions or Assistance: 3-1-1

Crisis, Health and Human Services Assistance: 2-1-1 

Family Success Centers (financial assistance): 

www.Broward.org/FamilySuccess 954-357-6367

Business Assistance: 

www.Broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/BusinessAssistance 954-357-6400

Food Distribution Finder: www.Broward.org/together4broward 

Elderly and Veterans Assistance: www.Broward.org/ElderlyandVeterans 954-357-6622

Homelessness Assistance: www.Broward.org/EndHomelessness 954-563-HELP (4357)

Beach Renourishment MapBeach Renourishment Update

The Broward County Commission is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to initiate construction of the Segment II and Segment III rehabilitation projects in Winter 2020. In late August and early September, the board approved the Cooperation Agreement and Certification of Lands for both, Segment II and Segment III. The project will replace losses from Hurricane Irma and rebuild the beach to its full design above and below the water line where feasible. The federal cost share is 100% for the estimated $29.5 million project for Segment II and $58.5 million for Segment III. Staff has coordinated with local municipalities to obtain temporary access agreements and with property owners to obtain easements to allow sand placement. There were several private property easements that were not accepted during the Army Corps of Engineers review. Sand will not be placed on private property without an accepted easement. Staff will begin public outreach and presentations as soon as the contract is awarded by the USACE (anticipated September 30 for Segment II). Construction is expected to be completed in 2021/2022.

Broward County Budget FY21

The Broward County Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 faces an extraordinary amount of challenges due to the great uncertainty that we have faced this year during the pandemic. The pandemic has brought short term and long-term impact on our economy, but I am proud to see our County doing the very best to make sure we continue to provide all the services that our County government delivers year round. 

The total proposed budget for FY21 is $5.402 billion, which encompasses all tax-supported and non-tax supported funds. Property taxpayers will not see an increase in their County-levied millage rate as a result of this budget, but you will see an increase due to the assessed value of the property.

Homestead Property with “Save Our Homes” Differential 

(based on the State-mandated 2.3% percent maximum increase in assessed value to the average for FY21 in Broward County)


​FY20​FY21
Taxable Value
$174,390
$178,900
Property Taxes$989$1,011
​Change if same home as FY20
$22


 Other Residential Properties (based on the percent change in the average taxable value for all residential properties)


FY20​FY21
​Taxable Value$255,200$268,200
​Property Taxes$1,447​$1,520
​Change FY20 to FY21​$73


Although we face much uncertainty, I am glad to see several of my priorities continuing to move forward, from the five-year transportation surtax funding plan to continued funding for affordable housing and many others. For more information on the Broward County FY2021 Budget please visit www.Broward.org/Budget

Office of Economic and Small Business Development Resources

OESBD
Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) has been a leading force during this pandemic by assisting everyone and anyone who needs business assistance in our community. From meet & greets, speaking engagements, workshops, technical assistance trainings, surtax meetings, funding resources and so much more OESBD is ready to assist your business. For more information on all the resources available please visit www.Broward.org/EconDev or call 954-357-6400.  

Broward County Libraries Resources

Fresh News

While our libraries remain closed, librarians and libraries staff have been extra busy assisting in many different areas of our community. From providing support at the COVID Call Center to assisting with the Eviction Prevention and Small Business Programs, our libraries staff has really stepped up to the plate during this pandemic! Furthermore, our libraries have opened walk-up, drive-up services, but continue to experience record use of e- books and other digital services. Parents can and students can take advantage these resources. From live tutoring, online events for kids, teens, and adults, all you need is your child’s Broward County Public School ID number, which can be used as your new BCL Digital Direct Library Card. Please visit www.Broward.org/libraries for more information on all the wonderful services and resources available to all.


REMINDERS:
  Census 2020 deadline September 30!

The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is quickly approaching. If you have not done so, please visit www.my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 for English, 844 468-2020 for Español, 844 477-2020 for Kreyòl Ayisyen, and 844-474-2020 for Portugués to fill out your census today!


  Hurricane Preparedness:
Be Prepared! Check out www.Broward.org/hurricane for more information.

  Election 2020:

To request a vote-by-mail ballot or for more information you can visit www.BrowardSOE.org.

It is an honor to serve each and everyone one of you. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact me at 954-357-7004 or
LFisher@broward.org. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Stay safe and well! 
Best regards, 

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Lamar P. Fisher

Broward County Commissioner
District 4