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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commissioner Herbst’s newsletter focuses on the fact we are currently experiencing the 2023 hurricane season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th. NOAA is forecasting (70% certainty) that there will be 17 named storms (winds 39 mph or higher) this season. Of those storms, 5-9 are expected to become hurricanes, and 1-4 are predicted to develop into major hurricanes. He provides other helpful information on preparing for emergencies, and the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Quick Tips Guide for preparing for an emergency HERE.
The Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar mails the TRIM (proposed tax) Notices in August of each year. This is NOT a tax bill but shows your property’s 2023 Just/Market Value, exemptions, and proposed taxes as set by the various taxing authorities. The TRIM Notice is your opportunity to review your 2023 Just Value and ensure you are receiving all the tax-saving exemptions you are eligible for.
Marty’s newsletter goes on to answer some common questions: I Recently Applied for Homestead Exemption–Why Is It Not Showing on My TRIM Notice? I Had Homestead Exemption Last Year – Where Did My Exemptions Go This Year? I Am a Senior Citizen – Why Isn’t the Senior Exemption Showing?
Mayor Fisher’s newsletter focuses on the upcoming hurricane season. He also discusses the county’s response to Sargassum on our beaches and the dangers of flesh-eating bacteria associated with this beach issue. The newsletter goes on to talk about the economic engines in the county: Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale Airport. The newsletter cites many resources for county residents to gain information about important issues.