DATE: September 24, 2013
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe
Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
Broward County, Fla - Broward County Commissioners have adopted a final budget for fiscal year 2014. The FY14 budget of $4.1 billion includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds and keeps all county services at their current levels.
The millage rate (tax and non-tax supported) remains mostly flat except for a slight increase of .17 mills or less than 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. The proposed combined millage rate for FY14 is $5.723 per thousand dollars of taxable value.
The most significant change in the final budget is consolidation and funding of $22.5 million for the Consolidated Countywide E-911 Communications and Dispatch emergency system, which shifts the costs away from several cities to the county in order to achieve the long sought after life saving benefits of consolidation.
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 property (ad valorem) taxes in FY 14. Other residential properties, primarily non-homesteaded properties, with an average taxable value of $132,000 will experience an estimated increase of $61. This is being implemented so that dispatch services can be consolidated to improve public safety while achieving long-term cost savings for taxpayers.
The budget passed with a 7 to 2 vote. Mayor Kristin Jacobs and Commissioner Chip LaMarca voted against approval, both have stated that the cost of the countywide E-911 dispatch system should be shared between the cities and the county.
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.
The fiscal year 2014 budget takes effect on October 1, 2013. For more information on the Broward County budget, visit broward.org/budget.