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2023 Estimate of Taxable Values

Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar has announced that the preliminary 2023 property values are posted on their website at The office must consider changes in market conditions – up or down – when developing the Just/Market Values each year.  The 2023 Just Values are based on the market data from January 1, 2023 back through January 2, 2022.

His office will mail the 2023 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to all Broward property owners in mid-August.  This notice will show your property’s 2023 Just Value, Assessed/Save Our Homes Value, all tax-saving exemptions you are receiving, and the proposed tax rates as set by the various taxing authorities.

Click here to read Marty Kiar’s full newsletter.

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Fort Lauderdale’s favorite free ride is growing. The LauderGO! Micro Mover will start serving the Galt Mile area on May 5, 2023

Fort Lauderdale’s favorite free ride is growing! The LauderGO! Micro Mover will start serving the Galt Mile area on May 5. We thank our city commissioner John Herbst for his efforts to expand this service to the Galt Mile area and look forward to its expansion.

The free and eco-friendly service is powered by Circuit’s all-electric vehicle.  The on-demand service is a free, convenient service that features a fleet of all-electric vehicles so anyone can catch a ride within the Galt loop.

Service will operate 7 days a week from 9a-9p until the end of September. Through the ongoing budget process, the Administration is seeking funding to continue service past September 30 of this year and connect with the downtown loop.

Riders should download the Ride Circuit app to request to be picked up and dropped off anywhere within the Galt Mile service area.  Use the FREE “Ride Circuit” app to book your ride or alert a fleet driver to come pick you up. The app is available for download from Google Play and the App Store.  Please note: Riders must be at least 18 years old to request a ride or otherwise be accompanied by an adult. The youngest riders must weigh at least 65 pounds or use a child seat provided by the adult passenger.

For more information please visit: LauderGO! Micro Mover | City of Fort Lauderdale, FL


Click here to see the Galt Mile Loop.


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Mayor Fisher’s Newsletter Focuses on Storm Recovery

Mayor Lamar Fisher’s April 2023 Newsletter focuses on the county’s efforts to deal with the storm recovery of 26 inches of rain.  He thanked each and every resident in Broward County for the tremendous neighborly efforts that he witnessed throughout the County. He reminds us of the importance of being prepared for this year’s Hurricane Season. Please visit for more information.

The newsletter then focuses on specific components of the county:  Port Everglades and the importance to the economy of our county; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport – which was closed due to flooding; and the county resilience efforts.  Last, he provides an update on the 9-1-1 call center and the issues related to this emergency call center.

 Click here to read the full April 2023 newsletter.


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News Updates from Our Property Appraiser Marty Kiar

In the May newsletter, Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses the low-income senior exemption requirements and the process to apply and receive it.  He also updates us on the Owner Alert Program – whereby property owners are notified if anyone tries to file a change of ownership on your property.  Now, you can receive a text notification in addition to an email notification.  Over 185,000 property owners have registered for this safety program – have you?

Click here to read the full newsletter. 



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Broward Mayor Lamar Fisher shares important county information in his March newsletter

Broward County celebrated its beautiful environment with two great events, early in the month, the 21st Annual Water Matters Day and the 46th Annual Waterway Cleanup.

The mayor’s newsletter also discusses Broward County’s Human Services Department that provides a multitude of services for anyone in our community that needs assistance.  All the services are listed in the newsletter.  He also highlights the 311 call center, which provides a single point of contact for the services and programs offered by more than 60 agencies comprising Broward County government. Other issues are discussed as well as upcoming events such as Fleet Week and Earth Day.

To read the full newsletter, click here.


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Urgent Message from Broward County Mayor Lamar Fisher on the Seaweed Emergency

I am providing the below information that we received from our Resilient Environment Department (RED) Deputy Director, Dr. Jennifer Jurado regarding the large mass of seaweed. As we all know this will be an issue that the Florida coastal cities will be monitoring and dealing with its arrival.

Background:  Sargassum is a brown macroalgae (seaweed) that is a natural part of the marine ecosystem. Sargassum has long formed large blooms in the Atlantic Ocean. In Broward County, generally between the months of March through October, Sargassum caught in the Gulf stream is pushed in by prevailing winds and makes its way to our beaches.  Sargassum accumulation along our beaches is a part of the beach ecosystem, providing a food source for shorebirds while trapping sand, fortifying our dunes and beaches, and increasing the resilience of our shoreline.

Concern:  This year’s bloom could be the largest ever, spanning more than 5,000 miles from the shores of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.  Current satellite imagery predicts above average Sargassum accumulation on Florida beaches this season. It is difficult to predict when and where these accumulations will occur due to local changes in currents and winds, but material will likely become entrained by the Gulf loop and Gulf stream, bringing larger volumes to Broward and neighboring counties.

Coordination:  In preparation for this potential, the Resilient Environment Department (RED) is coordinating a regional stakeholder group that includes representatives from Monroe through Martin counties to exchange information and discuss potential management strategies.  This group is being convened to facilitate communications and share updates and guidance to aid management strategies throughout the southeast region and in collaboration with local communities.  This initial coordination is primarily in conjunction with our neighboring counties and agency partners. Frequency and nature of engagement will likely evolve in response to conditions. RED intends to engage concurrently with the county’s coastal municipalities to ensure everyone is kept informed over the next several months.

Note: While Broward County’s Resilient Environment Department (RED) maintains shoreline protection and coastal resource programs, the County does not provide mechanical beach maintenance, an activity managed by the coastal cities.   Best practices recommend that Sargassum be left in place to the benefit of the natural ecosystem and is typically removed by natural processes (i.e., tidal cycles). However, multiple coastal municipalities and private entities within the County maintain special permits issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that allow for mechanical raking of the beach.   Special permit conditions specify where and when mechanical beach raking is allowed.  Methods of removal range from composting, burial, and/or disposal of the seaweed.

Angela Delaney, Marine Resources Manager, will be serving as the County’s liaison for this effort ([email protected] or 519-1207).

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Good Information from our Property Appraiser

Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser, in his latest newsletter, clarifies the requirements for low-income senior exemptions.

His office is now offering text alerts as part of their Owner Alert program.  If someone tries to file a change in the deed for your property, you can receive an email or text alert from Marty’s office.  You have so sign up for the program – it’s free.  If you have already signed up for Owner Alert by email – you can now add the text alert to your account.

Marty reminds us it is not too late to apply for your 2023 property exemption, if you are a new owner since last year or have made the property your permanent residence. .  If you already have the exemption, you do not have to sign up again.

 To read the full newsletter, click here.