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Mayor Lamar Fisher is our New Broward County Mayor

In his first newsletter as Mayor, Lamar Fisher shares with us many important items affecting county residents.  We congratulate Lamar on his selection as Mayor and look forward to working with him in 2023.  Mayor Fisher stated, “I’m honored to take on this role and I look forward to continuing working with my colleagues and County Administration to move the County forward. The mayor’s functions include serving as presiding officer, and as the County’s official representative. Although, I’m taking on this role, I will continue to represent residents of District 4.”

The outgoing Mayor (Mayor Michael Udine) made the annual State of the County presentation. Our County is currently at a very strong point with all our economic engines regaining momentum as we come out of the pandemic. Tourism is at an all-time high, our unemployment rate is below the national average, and businesses continue to move to Broward County for all the greatness we have to offer.

Other issues covered include Manatee Season started November 15 and runs through March 31.  U.S. Flag Disposal Program – Broward County participates in the national campaign to support flag etiquette with the U.S. flag disposal program.  Climate Summit Broward County is excited to host the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Summit, a major regional event. County.  Coastal Dune Grant Program is now accepting applications for new dune restoration and enhancement projects, visit CoastalDunes.Broward.org. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2023.

Click here to read Lamar Fisher’s full newsletter.



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Broward Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher Shares His Thoughts

In his October newsletter, Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher shares his reactions to Hurricane Ian.  Southeast Florida dodged a major catastrophe in late September, but our neighbors to the west and central Florida were not so lucky. The end of hurricane season is November 30 and as we witnessed, there is always an uncertainty of where these storms will make landfall. This is why everyone must be prepared before a major weather storm comes our way. Our County Administrator was in constant communication with administrations from the west coast. After assessing that Broward’s damage was minimal, we quickly mobilized to send assistance.  He details all the assistance provided by Broward County.  For more information on the County’s efforts and for vital hurricane preparedness information, visit Broward.org/Hurricane.

Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) will be hosting the 7th Annual Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) October 19 and 20 at the Convention Center. This is a great opportunity for businesses big and small to learn about international trade resources and assistance, engage with leaders from more than 60 countries to sell products or services and learn from special sessions

 With the housing crises continuing to burden our residents in South Florida, Broward County is making a greater effort to invite landlords that have vacant units to participate in the Project Home Again project. Project Home Again is an easy, convenient way for landlords to fill vacant units in Broward County with paying tenants while helping veterans, families and others rebuild their lives. And rent is guaranteed! All tenants are pre-screened, payments are on-time and security paid up front. As evictions continue to rise, this is a great way for landlords to help us give more residents a place to call home. For more information visit Broward.org/ProjectHomeAgain.

Libraries Overdue Fines: The Board of Commissioners approved an initiative that has eliminated late fines for library books, DVDs and other materials returned after the due date. Additionally, any existing late fines on current library cardholders accounts were cancelled. For more information visit Broward.org/Library.

 

To read the complete newsletter, click here.


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Good Advice from Our Property Appraiser Marty Kiar

In his latest newsletter, Marty Kiar clarifies that 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 his office to assess all property based on the market data on January 1 of each year. The tax bill you receive this November from the Broward County Tax Collector is for the 2022 tax year. If you purchased your home in 2022 and the previous owners of your new home were entitled to and received Homestead Exemption or any other exemption on January 1, 2022, you may have inherited their exemptions on your 2022 property tax bill. Florida Statutes require these 2022 exemptions be removed for 2023 and the property be reassessed at the 2023 Just/Market Value. This will often result in an increase in your 2023 property taxes so it is important you apply for 2023 Homestead Exemption and any other exemptions for which you may qualify. If you have any questions regarding your Homestead Exemption or other tax-saving exemptions, please contact the Customer Service Department at 954.357.6830.

The newsletter goes on to discuss escrow adjustments based on your 2022 tax bill and you can pay your taxes through a quarterly installment plan offered by Broward County, where the newly approved 2022 exemptions will be applied to the 3rd and 4th installment payments.

Click here to read Marty Kiar’s full newsletter.


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Vice Mayor Fisher’s September Newsletter – Great Information

Vice Mayor Fisher’s September Newsletter – Great Information

 In his September newsletter, Vice Mayor Fisher discusses the impact of King Tides on our area – important for those driving in various parts of Broward County. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor conditions and stay alert during these high tide times. Future expected King Tide dates have been predicted for October 8-11, October 25-27, October 28-29, and November 24-26. For more information, please visit Broward.org/resilience/localconditions.

Broward County’s FY23 Budget was adopted and the millage rate stayed the same for FY2023.  For more information on the budget, visit Broward.org/Budget. Electric buses are become more common – 12 of the 413 buses are electric, and 46 are hybrid electric.  This next year, an additional 26 electric buses will be added.

Click here to read Vice Mayor Fisher’s complete newsletter.



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August Newsletter from Vice Mayor Fisher

Broward County Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher covers several important topics in his August newsletter.  He reminds us the months of August and September are the height of the hurricane season, and to make sure everyone is well prepared for any weather event that may come our way. There are several school safety zone projects in District 4 that are being funded through the one penny surtax program, which is now called the Mobility Advancement Program (MAP). Residents can visit the public project dashboard to view all the projects happening near them.

Broward County’s Records, Taxes and Treasury Division now provides a new free Recording Notification Service for property owners that will send an email alert if a document changing or updating the ownership of the property is being recorded. This service is separate from the Property Appraisers Owner Alert notifications. Property owners are encouraged to sign up for both services.  For more information, call 954-831-4000 or visit broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury.

The newsletter also talks about the Broward County Film Summit and the emergency rental assistance program.  Click here to read the full newsletter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TRIM Notices Explained

Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar, in his recent newsletter, explains the TRIM notices sent to all property owners in Broward County.  It is NOT a tax bill.

The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office mails the TRIM (proposed tax) Notices in August of each year. This is NOT a tax bill but a notice showing your property’s 2022 just value, exemptions and proposed taxes as set by the various taxing authorities. The TRIM Notice is your opportunity to review your 2022 just value and ensure you are receiving all the tax-saving exemptions you are eligible for.

Florida Statutes require his office use January 1 as the date of assessment each year. The 2022 just values are based on the market data from 2021. His office must consider changes in market conditions – up or down – when developing the just/market values each year. The 2022 just values will reflect the significant changes in the 2021 market data. As the real estate market trends upward, most property owners will see increases in their just/market values.

The final tax rates with be set in September by the county, city and school district.

Click here to read Marty Kiar’s newsletter.   


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Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher’s July Newsletter Shares Much Information

Vice Mayor Fisher discusses several issues in his July Newsletter.  The first issue is making sure we are doing everything we can to assist the homelessness crisis in our community. I know many residents have contacted me expressing their concerns and it is one of the top issues that is discussed when I attend community meetings. Broward County’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) manages $31 million County, State and Federal funding that is provided to 21 CoC partners that deliver 64 programs with services to approximately 9,178 people experiencing homelessness annually.

He also discusses new initiatives being undertaken by the county.  The county is working toward providing individuals with SafeLink phones with access to the BigBurgh App (currently applied in the City of Pittsburgh) that provides real time services available with GIS overlay on how to access services. Other initiatives include, engaging every school in Broward County in the Homeless Management Information System, having a dedicated street outreach and medical/clinical team at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport, and increasing the dedicated direct service team within the Homeless Initiative Partnership to address critical situations on major corridors and expedite housing placement.

To read the full July newsletter, click here.

 


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Questions About Your 2022 Property Assessment or Exemptions?

Property Appraiser Marty Kiar’s office mailed over 776,000 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to Broward County property owners in August. The 2022 Just/Market Values are based on the market data from 2021 as Florida Statutes require our office use January 1 as the date of assessment each year. The TRIM Notice you received shows your 2022 market value, any tax-saving exemptions you are receiving, and the proposed tax amounts as set by the various taxing authorities listed on the notice. 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 2022 exemption until September 19, 2022. For a list of all the available tax-saving exemptions and to apply for these exemptions online, please visit our website at https://web.bcpa.net/bcpaclient/#/Homestead or call us at 954-357-6830.

Click here to read Marty Kiar’s full newsletter.