Broward commission rejects proposed 2011 budget; asks for more cuts to keep same tax rate
From Broward County:
Broward County Commissioners refused to raise the millage property tax rate tonight, which means another $41.6 million dollars in budget cuts will have to be made in order to force property taxes lower and keep the property tax rate the same as it is now.
In a 6-2 vote, commissioners rejected a proposed FY 2011 budget that would have raised the millage rate 5.3 percent from the year before, with Commissioners Kristen Jacobs and Ilene Lieberman wanting to approve the proposed budget. Even with the slight increase, property taxes would’ve been reduced by $56 million and 65% of Broward County homeowners would have seen their property taxes decrease by $97 to $130 or the stay the same. Long time homestead property homeowners with Save Our Home would have seen an estimated increase in property taxes of $54.
The majority of Commissioners declined that proposed budget and told County Administrator Bertha Henry to go back to the drawing board to find additional cuts, including cuts that will have to come from the Broward Sheriff’s Office budget and that of the other Constitutional Officers.
Broward County Commissioners have reduced the property tax rate four years in a row. Tonight, they delayed setting a new property tax millage rate until September 28th when a second public budget hearing is set. At that time, a tentative budget may be passed with a hearing scheduled on October 5th to finalize the FY 2011 budget. Commissioners said they may agree to an increase in the millage rate that is less than the proposed 5.3% and includes additional budget cuts. Their overall preference though is to keep the millage rate the same as it is now at 4.889.
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