Hallandale Beach, Florida– The City of Hallandale Beach Commission unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 17/18 budget on Monday, October 2, 2017. The adopted combined millage rate of 5.7998 will remain the same as prior year. “Although we had to make tough decisions this year, the City Commission adopted a well thought out balanced budget, while preserving many of our wonderful programs and services,” said Mayor Joy Cooper. “This is the first time ever that I have felt comfortable enough to support the City Manager’s recommended budget and congratulate City staff on the proposal,” said Vice Mayor Keith London.
The Fiscal Year 17/18 budget sets the City of Hallandale Beach on a course to provide efficiency in City services, while providing specific actions for programs, capital purchases and resource restructuring. By allocating City resources in alignment with the City Commission’s strategic priorities and departmental performance measures, the City Administration will have the necessary budget to successfully meet many challenges and set the stage for continued fiscal responsibility in the future.
The total budget approved for FY17/18 is $128,237,329, which includes the following highlights:
• $2.2M Stormwater Fees for Southwest Drainage Improvements. This project will improve the stormwater drainage of the Southwest quadrant of the City and includes key controls such as flood gates, drainage pump stations, injection wells and stormwater drainage pipes.• $506K for Atlantic Shores Improvements Project. This funding will be used for design and permitting for the reconstruction of sidewalks, milling and resurfacing the road, installing bike lanes, center media upgrades, crosswalks, lighting, landscaping, irrigation improvements and more orderly parking.• $50K for 43rd Year Community Development Block Grant for drainage, swale improvements, sidewalk construction, and ADA ramp improvements.• $600k for various upgrades to security cameras Citywide, including License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras and expansion of the body worn camera program for the Police Department.• Preserve the City provided Sanitation services for Multi-Family and Commercial Residences.• Committing $87K of funding to Public Safety Personnel for Police Department safety-related equipment.• Selling of Ansin Blvd. Storage Lot is estimated to produce an estimated $2.1M.• Construction of G.O. Bond Park Projects such as Ingalls Park, Tennis Center and Bluesten Park.• Transition of funding for the social and cultural programs from General Fund to funds generated in a new Community Benefits Plan (CBP) that will be tightly monitored.
“This budget begins a new era of fiscal responsibility. It will be a tough year to make all the approved changes happen, but the resources will be available in the future to rebuild and improve our quality of life,” said City Manager Roger Carlton.
The Fiscal Year 17/18 Budget took into effect on October 2nd, after it was adopted by the City commission. A full copy of the final budget will be available on October 4 at www.cohb.org/budget.
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