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Latest Issue of On The Galt Mile

On The Galt Mile is a newsletter about our community and neighborhood for our residents.  In this issue, the topics discussed include:

Renovation of Galt Ocean Drive – a check presented by Rep Chip LaMarca for $500,000 toward the cost.

Dead Fraud is Real – free program offered by Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar to protect against it.

Marty Kiar shared with us information on property tax exemptions and how our property is assessed.

Galt Mile Community Association celebrates 55 years old.

Local Leader Updates:  Rep Chip LaMarca, Senator Jason Pizzo, Mayor Lamar Fisher and Commissioner John Herbst.

SUPPORT our Galt Mile Businesses:  D Fit Training Studio, Spud’s Coffee, and Bio Reference Lab

Click here to read the full issue of On The Galt Mile

 


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Understanding Your Tax Bill

In his latest newsletter, Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, reminds us that his office does not set your tax rates, collect property taxes, or determine how the tax revenue is allocated by local government.  Florida law requires his office to assess all property based on the market data on January 1 of each year, and grant tax-saving exemptions to qualified applicants. The property tax bills are mailed by the Broward County’s Records, Taxes & Treasury Division. If you have questions regarding the payment of your tax bill, please contact their office at 954-357-4829 or visit their website at https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury

If you have any questions regarding your Homestead Exemption or other tax-saving exemptions, please contact the Customer Service Department at 954.357.6830.

If you pay your property taxes through Broward County’s quarterly installment plan, any newly approved 2023 exemptions will be applied to the 3rd and 4th installment payment amounts.  Any adjustments for 2023 are made on the final two quarterly 2023 installment tax bills.

Click here to read the full newsletter.


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Mayor Fisher Highlights County Issues

I was excited to join the Florida Panthers and Amerant Bank recently as they recently announced a major partnership for the naming rights to the County-owned FLA Live Arena in Sunrise. Built in 1998 and formally known as the BB&T Center and FLA Live Arena, the arena is now named Amerant Bank Arena. I’m proud of this partnership and look forward to the Arena’s continued success.

 Broward County is excited to host the 8th Annual Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE). The County will host more than 74 countries from around the globe to engage in bilateral trade, tourism, and cultural exchange with our local business community.

 The busiest time of the Atlantic Hurricane Season typically begins mid-September, and this has already been a very active season. Although rare, in recent years we’ve seen storms forming towards the end of the season. By taking simple steps, like having an emergency plan and a supply kit, you can be ready to respond to any emergency. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane for a comprehensive list of resources.

National Voter Registration Day was Tuesday, September 19. The Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office invites all Broward County residents to register to vote. The last day to register to vote for the March 19th, 2024, Presidential Preference Primary Election is February 20, 2024. Visit BrowardVotes.gov for more information.

Click here to read the full newsletter.



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Updates on 2024 Homestead Exemptions

Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar in his latest newsletter, updates us on how and when to file for homestead exemptions for 2024. If you applied and were approved for Homestead Exemption for the 2024 tax year, this exemption will be posted to your property record online in December.  Homestead Exemption automatically renews each year provided there is no change in the ownership or use of the property. You do not need to reapply once you have been approved.

Did You Acquire or Take Ownership of Your Property in 2023?  If so, then you must apply for the homestead exemption for this property as exemptions do not transfer from one owner to another.  The timely deadline to apply for all 2024 exemptions is March 1, 2024.

Click here to read the full Marty Kiar newsletter.


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Mayor Lamar Fisher Update Us on the Budget

Mayor Fisher’s latest newsletter gives us an overview of the Broward County proposed budget for FY24.  The County Administrator’s recommended Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget is $8.6069 billion. For FY24, the County Commission Board is considering keeping the millage rate at 5.6690. He lists some key highlights of this recommended budget, including $20 million of funding is included for affordable housing, together with $1.3 million for 30 to 40 new permanent supportive housing units and $300,000 to plan for a Pallet Shelter Family Village for ten families.

The Board will hold two public hearings, set for September 7 & 19, both at 5:01pm, to finalize the budget. For more information on the recommended budget visit Broward.org/Budget.

 September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  In 2022, more than half of the 45,000 suicides in the U.S. were by firearm. Florida’s firearm suicide rate has been consistently higher than the overall United Stats rate. If you are a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, call, or text 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, available 24 hours.

The newsletter details actions taken by the Commission in August.  To read the full newsletter, click here.

 


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Galt Ocean Drive Renovation

Rep Chip LaMarca presented a check to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission from the state in the amount of $500,000 for the design costs of the Galt Ocean Drive Renovation. We thank Rep Chip LaMarca for his efforts to get this funding in the 2023 state budget, and to keep it there. We appreciate all that Chip has done for us on the Galt Mile and this is just one more example of his commitment to our neighborhood.

We also express our appreciation for the support given to this project by Commissioner John C. Herbst and former Commissioner Heather Moraitis. Both played keys roles in getting this project underway and especially the funding of the project.

We look forward to seeing the design plans and turning over the first shovel of dirt to improve the Galt Ocean Drive.

In the picture (l-r) are Mayor Dean Trantalis, Commissioner John C. Herbst Galt Mile President Fred Nesbitt, and Rep. Chip LaMarca


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Have Questions About Your 2023 Property Assessment or Exemptions?

Our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar, in his latest newsletter, has the answers you are seeking.  His office mailed over 776,000 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to Broward County property owners last month. The 2023 Just/Market Values are based on the market data from 2022 as Florida Statutes require our office use January 1 as the date of assessment each year.  It is important to remember the Property Appraiser’s Office does not set or collect taxes.

If you believe you are entitled to a Homestead Exemption or any other exemption not shown on your TRIM Notice, you may still late file for any 2023 exemption until September 18, 2023. The ABSOLUTE deadline to file an application for any 2023 exemption or to appeal your property’s 2023 Just/Market Value is September 18, 2023.

If you believe your Just/Market Value is not what a buyer would have reasonably paid for your property on January 1, 2023, you should first contact our office.  If after speaking with one of our appraisers, you still do not agree, you can file an appeal with the Broward County Value Adjustment Board.  If you were denied an exemption, you may also file an appeal with the Value Adjustment Board challenging this denial.

To read Marty’s full newsletter, click here.

 


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Commissioner Herbst Shares Good News with the Galt

Commissioner John Herbst, in his recent newsletter, shared good news with the Galt Mile community.  First, our fire station, FS54, will be reopening this fall, after being closed for over two years due to mold.  This is the station that protects the Galt Mile.

In other news, he updates us on the options for a new city hall and the city’s efforts to address homelessness in Fort Lauderdale.  Other issues discussed are an opportunity to tell FAA about noise from the airport, and Holy Cross recognized as one of best hospitals by US News & World Report.  The newsletter also details the proposed increase in water and sewer rates that will take effect October 1, 2023.

Click here to read the full newsletter.


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Newsletter from our County Mayor Fisher

Mayor Lamar Fisher, in his latest newsletter, focuses on the extreme heat advisories we are having and provides some helpful tips on being safe.  The County’s Resilient Environment Department has taken steps to help residents and visitors deal with the prolonged heat. For more information, on what the County is doing to become more resilient, visit Broward.org/Resilience.

Affordable housing is still an issue in our county.  Funding was approved for $12.9 million in gap financing to fund the development of 340 new affordable homes in the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Lauderhill.  Since 2018 the County Board has allocated more than $100 million to 27 projects which has created more than 2,500 affordable homes in our community. He goes on to discuss country organizations working on economic development and transportation improvements.

Click here to read Mayor Fisher’s full newsletter.