State Rep Chip LaMarca, in his newsletter, reports on the recent special session of the state legislature that dealt with condo/coop safety and insurance rates/competition in Florida. The newsletter contains detailed information about the changes in property insurance and how the legislators believe it will aid homeowners.
According to Broward Property Appraiser Marty Kiar, the timely deadline to apply for any 2022 exemption was March 1; however, applicants can still late file until September 19, 2022. If you both owned and made the property your permanent residence as of January 1, 2022, you can still apply for 2022 Homestead Exemption and any other exemptions you may qualify for. You can easily apply for Homestead Exemption online at https://web.bcpa.net/bcpaclient/#/Homestead as well as view all the other exemptions available to qualified applicants.
While the Property Appraiser’s Office does not set or collect taxes, our office receives many calls from residents inquiring about installment tax bills and their recently approved exemptions. Broward County’s Records, Taxes & Treasury Division is responsible for the billing and collecting of property taxes.
Summertime is quickly approaching, and we can already feel the heat! Graduations are taking place, summer vacations are starting, and grills are getting ready for pool/beach days. As we spend time with our families, I urge residents to stay safe from the brutal south Florida heat, stay ready for major weather events or heavy rainfalls and check in and help your elderly neighbors this summer.
His newsletter addresses hurricane season and the tax-free shopping days to buy hurricane supplies. It also speaks about the 911 call center, that has recently been in the news for understaffing. Other items of interest include Broward County Rental Assistance Program, Mosquito Control Services, and Sea Turtle Nesting Program for those on the ocean.
Commissioner Heather Moraitis, in her June newsletter, discusses waterways in Fort Lauderdale. The City Commission is committed to continually improving waterway quality. We have initiated programs to reduce pollutants and remove trash from our 165-miles of waterways. The City has conducted educational campaigns on preventing discharges, infrastructure improvements such as swale rehabilitation to improve the quality of stormwater reaching the waterways, and the implementation of pilot and restoration projects directly to address water quality in our waterways. In the newsletter, she also discusses the Galleria Mall project, commissioning the USS Fort Lauderdale, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She also focuses on the proposed movie studio complex project, pickleball courts, and the results of the 2021 neighborhood satisfaction survey.
Broward County Property Appraiser Marty Kiar discusses property assessment portability and its impact on you in his July newsletter. Effective tax year 2021, a property owner who applied and was approved for Homestead Exemption for 2021 is eligible to apply for Portability if the property owner held a Homestead Exemption at a previous Florida home in one of the three previous tax years. Portability allows eligible property owners to pay less property taxes at their newly homesteaded property by transferring all or a portion of the Save Our Homes (SOH) savings from one Florida property to another Florida property within the strict time frame allowed by law. If you qualify, portability will reduce your property’s assessed value, resulting in tax savings this year and possible tax savings in future years depending upon the market value of your home each year.
In his latest monthly newsletter, Marty Kiar, our Broward County Property Appraiser, gathers property sales information across the county on an ongoing basis. The BCPA Market Report, which is updated on the 16th of every month, reflects the prior month’s sales data. These monthly reports provide a visual representation of the properties sold along with the median sale prices for residential properties. The top five cities with the most sales are also listed. The BCPA Market Report can be found at https://web.bcpa.net/bcpaclient/#/Report-Market-Sales
He also reminds us that veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 10% – 99%, or their surviving spouse, are eligible to receive a $5,000 exemption on their homesteaded property’s assessed value. Florida law also provides a full exemption for veterans with a 100% service-connected disability rating or the veteran’s surviving spouse.
Commissioner Heather Moraitis, in her May newsletter, shares with us several important updates around Fort Lauderdale. With the planned upgrades to Bayview Drive, this may cause some traffic slowdowns, so you may want to avoid the area during the construction period. There will be a meeting on June 6 to discuss the plans for new structures at the Galleria Mall. She shares an update on the City Commission priorities as of April 22 and pictures of her involvement in the community.
Vice Mayor Lamar Fisher, in his latest newsletter, discusses several issues currently taking place in Broward County. Broward County passed an ordinance banning single use plastic straws and stirrers on County property. We know the harmful effects of these products on our environment, from the impacts to our waterways to the major impacts on the ecosystem. Fisher sponsored a motion to accept the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Center Affordable Housing Implementation Plan. As we all know, housing affordability in our community is at its worst. Broward County’s Resilient Environment Department recently announced a two-year countywide planning effort focused on building community resilience to the impacts of climate change predicted over the next half-century. There are other important issues discussed in the newsletter.
State Rep Chip LaMarca, in his latest newsletter, provides a wrap-up the recent state legislative session that concluded on March 14 in Tallahassee. The newsletter talks about funding coming to our area in the budget as well as bills filed and those that passed. Overall, there were 3,755 bills filed and 285 bills passed both houses of the state legislature.
One issue of great interest to the Galt Mile was a bill to designate a section of A1A from the beginning to the end of Galt Ocean Drive as the “Pio Ieraci Memorial Drive.” Pio served as the president of the Galt Mile Community Association for over 20 years, and was a leader on neighborhood, city, county and state issues important to the Galt Mile. The bill was sponsored by Rep LaMarca. The bill is awaiting the governor’s signature.
In his latest newsletter. Marty talks about two important items. The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office gathers property sales information across the county on an ongoing basis. These monthly reports provide a visual representation of the properties sold along with the median sale prices for residential properties. The top five cities with the most sales are also listed. The BCPA Market Report can be found at https://web.bcpa.net/bcpaclient/#/Report-Market-Sales.
Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 10% – 99%, or their surviving spouse, are eligible to receive a $5,000 exemption on their homesteaded property’s assessed value. Florida law also provides a full exemption for veterans with a 100% service-connected disability rating or the veteran’s surviving spouse.