Broward County Public Budget Hearings Take Place in September
DATE: September 5, 2013
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
PHONE: 954-357-8053

Broward County, Fla. - Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposed Broward County fiscal year 2014 budget will have an opportunity to do so on September 10 and again on September 24.  Budget public hearings begin at 5:01 p.m. and are held at the Broward Governmental Center, 115 So. Andrews Ave, Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale.

The FY14 recommended total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $4.1 billion.  The recommended budget decreases by $152 million from the current budget and is reflective of an improving economy.

The most significant change in the proposed budget is consolidation and funding of E-911 emergency dispatch, which shifts the costs away from several cities to the county in order to achieve the long sought after benefits of consolidation which include improved public safety and long-term cost savings for taxpayers.

Based on the Broward County Commission’s direction, the proposed total millage rate will remain flat with the exception of a slight increase of .17 mills due to the shift of public safety call taking and dispatch costs from cities to the County.  The proposed combined millage rate for FY14 is $5.723 per thousand dollars of taxable value.

Most taxpayers will see a small increase in their county taxes. Of those experiencing an increase, many are homestead property owners with the Save Our Home differential.  At an average taxable value of $124,000, these taxpayers can expect a $37 increase in County portion of property (ad valorem) taxes in FY 14 as a result of increased property values and the .17 mills increase.  

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.

Broward County Commissioners are expected to approve a final budget after the second budget hearing on September 24. The fiscal year 2014 budget takes effect on October 1, 2013.

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