In his November newsletter, Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher states, “and I have been chosen as your new Vice Mayor. I’m incredibly honored and grateful to have been selected as your new Vice Mayor by my colleagues. I’m excited and look forward to working with our new Mayor, the Commission and most importantly our communities, as we continue to build on Broward County’s successes for a bright future.” The Vice Mayor also reports on the rental assistance program, beach renourishment (which includes the Galt Mile beaches), turtles and manatees, and new cruise ships docking in our port.
Vice Mayor Moraitis reported on Light Up the Galt night on November 18. She stated, the rain could not stop us from kicking off the 4th annual Light up the Galt! Thank you, North Beach Restaurants and Shoppes owners and city staff for working with us to plan this event. The beautiful holiday decorations along with the many business owners and residents make this a special area of our city to visit all year long. Her report also describes activities in our community in which the Vice Mayor participated.
Our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses the 2022 Homestead Exemption is his new newsletter. All qualified Florida residents are eligible to receive a Homestead Exemption on their homes, condominiums, co-op apartments, and certain mobile home lots. To qualify for Homestead Exemption, you must own and make the property your permanent residence on January 1 of the year for which you are applying for this valuable exemption. You can easily apply online at https://web.bcpa.net
The timely deadline to file for all 2022 exemptions is March 1, 2022.
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Turtle season will come to an end October 31st, which means the Segment II Beach Renourishment project will shortly begin. Fort Lauderdale is expected to begin to see sand replenishment in December through April 2022. For regular updates and/or specific information, visit Broward.org/BeachRenourishment. Questions regarding this project can also be directed to [email protected]. His newsletter also updates us on the coastal commuter link, ePermits One Stop for applying for building permits, and the new electric buses being used in Broward County that give off no emissions.
Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis’ latest newsletter covers many issues, including what happens and what to do when water and sewer bills spike without explanation. Individual owners don’t see this, as condominiums are on a master meter, but the association could see this spiking. Mark Your Calendars: November 18 is Light Up the Galt Night in our neighborhood from 6-9 pm.
The Property Appraiser’s Office does not set your tax rates, collect property taxes, or determine how the tax revenue is allocated by local government. Florida law requires the Property Appraiser’s office to assess all property based on the market data on January 1 of each year. They are also able to 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 954.831.4000 or visit their website at https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
It’s September and as students are back in school, one thing we learned this Summer is that COVID-19 is still a great part of our lives, even a year and a half since the first case in our community. As information changes daily please make sure to visit Broward.org/Coronavirus if you have any concerns or questions. The website is regularly updated to include testing and vaccination site updates, latest hospital reports, financial assistance information and more. Please stay safe!
Commissioner Fisher also shares information on the condominium structures issues committee, King Tides, County Commission Budget, and a host of other issues.
Our state representative Chip LaMarca provides an overview summary of all the legislation passed in 2021 by the Florida Legislature. He is now beginning to prepare for legislative committee weeks throughout the remainder of the year and prepare for the 2022 legislative session in January. The highlights from the 2021 legislative session include a monumental $101.5 billion budget, which includes a significant amount of Federal COVID-19 Relief funding. The budget leaves a historic $6 billion in reserves to ensure that Florida is always prepared for a better tomorrow.
In a newsletter from our Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar, he shares important information for US military personnel. Those deployed overseas on specified military operations may be entitled to an additional tax-saving exemption. These qualifying military operations are updated by the Florida Legislature annually, so the ones listed below may not be all encompassing as some operations may be added or removed in future years. The Property Appraiser’s office does accept pre-filing for upcoming tax year(s) depending on the dates included on the applicant’s military orders and the application permits a spouse, personal representative or designee under Chapter 709, Florida Statutes, to apply on behalf of the qualifying applicant.
Our Broward County Commissioner Lamar Fisher’s newsletter contains a wealth of information important to all residents of the Galt. The newsletter provides updated information on COVID hospitalizations and a dashboard link to check the daily status. He also talks about the redrawing of county commissioner district lines based on census data and the new proposed commuter rail project. The newsletter references the Condominium Structural Committee proceedings and Lauderdale By The Sea mitigation reefs. And there’s even more information.