| Letters to the Editor


Posted on 19 November 2015 by L.Moore

RE: The Cove parking meters

Dear Editor:

For the most part, the audience [at the Nov. 9 commission meeting] seemed to be the most concerned about the nine variances that the hotel builders were asking the city to approve. No one seemed to realize what four of the commissioners agreed to with the first item on the agenda. It was an agreement that Commissioner Miller had worked out with the Brunos and their attorney, Tom Connick. The vice-mayor was smart enough to realize this was a bad deal, but he voted for it anyway. The mayor pointed out this was no different than what had [previously] been proposed on Oct. 6 by the vice mayor. As a result of the proposal at that meeting, Dr. Bruno wrote to the city on Oct. 8 and warned the city that he would sue if any of the variances were approved. What changed?

What the commissioners allowed to happen was an agreement that forced the developer to pay half of the maintenance for The Cove parking lot for 10 years, [with] no mention of who would pay the other half of the annual fee of $37,500. What Miller did for them and the taxpayers of the city was to agree that the city would not try to assess The Cove property owners or attempt to meter the parking lot for 10 years. The city would pay the other half of the tally for the next 10 years, and The Cove merchants would get an addition 10-year free ride [to add to] the 50 years [in which] they already paid nothing.

Not one person on the dais side was able to prove hardship, which is the premium reason for the granting of a variance. Commissioner Battle thought there was a hardship because that was all they could do with the property. She could not have been serious. The city attorney was asked to read the criteria outlined to be met in order to qualify for a variance. Did this project meet any of them? I think not. And for those who insisted the plan was outdated, a [look at] Municode would inform you that it was amended on Sept. 16, 2008.

Steve Krevoy

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 12 November 2015 by L.Moore

Don’t it always seem to go…”

Dear Editor:

This morning I sat on my 1950s [era] back porch looking over a small canal, feeling a slight ocean breeze, and watching the sun as it rose higher in the sky. I can’t see the ocean but I can feel it! PRICELESS! I live in a neighborhood of moderate homes owned not so much by the wealthy, but just everyday folk, working to support families, retirees and some with investment properties bought mostly because of proximity to the beach, a doable walk or bike ride. You’ll find people walking their dogs, grand-moms and mothers pushing baby carriages, some heading out to earn a living, kids off to or returning from school and retirees enjoying their homes and lifestyle they chose. You wave to people and they wave back. Some stop to talk a few moments and you realize how lucky you are to live here. This is the quality of life in The Cove residential development, adjacent to a small shopping center.

As I reflect on last night’s Commission Meeting, I am not shocked by the absence of quality of life issues presented by business owners and residents with regards [to] a hotel/garage project. TOURISM AND MONEY took center stage, expounded, applauded and embellished. For what it’s worth, I HOPE that in four years when this hotel project is completed and its doors have opened, the City of Deerfield Beach realizes all the dollars it has been promised, businesses flourish and the impact on my small quiet neighborhood is not negative. I don’t want to look back thinking of that song that reminds us: “They put up a parking lot …You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.”

Marti McGeary

Deerfield Beach

Thank you, Deerfield BSO

Dear Editor:

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank three law enforcement officers that serve Deerfield Beach for going above AND beyond their duty to protect us by extending genuine compassion and concern for a disabled member of our community who recently became homeless after the loss of his mother. Sergeant Ian Doriot, along with Deputies Gary Toth and Jeff Vomero, offered their kindness by providing this man with basic clothing and hygiene necessities, in addition to orchestrating contact with the right agencies and organizations that can help him. My heart is filled [from] being able to watch these men in action and know[ing] that they truly care about our community. We are in good hands.

Cristina Sasso

Deerfield Beach

Blanket retail pet bans hurt local small businesses

Dear Editor:

During a Deerfield City Commission hearing last Tuesday [Nov. 3], Vice Mayor Ganz aligned himself with an animal rights radical from Hallandale Beach and pushed through an ordinance which will force my life’s work out of business.

My family and I chose to make Deerfield Beach our business’s home for many reasons, but, most importantly, the close ties to our community. My Petland pet store is my family’s livelihood and it’s been a part of this city for nearly eight years.

My store is highly regulated by the state, the federal government and I have earned an A+ Better Business [Bureau] Rating. I have done everything right. Yet, Vice Mayor Ganz ignored the truth. He recited incorrect USDA information, focusing on a single disgruntled customer issue. This should be a warning sign for all lawful businesses in Deerfield Beach.

Ganz’s ordinance intends to protect Deerfield residents. Yet, the state of Florida already has the strictest regulations and consumer protection of any state in the country. This ordinance has forced Deerfield Beach citizens to find new pets from unregulated sources that offer no state consumer protection and proliferates puppy mills – the exact opposite of the ban’s intention.

Responsible pet stores serve our community. The Deerfield Beach population is owed the right to choose where they get their pets from. I have a passion for animals and my community. I also live for the joy that my pets give my customers. I take great pride in matching the right pet to the right family, by helping facilitate the beautiful human-animal bond that is so precious to so many.

I came to America to create a life for me and my family – to live my own American dream. Instead, I have now seen the unfortunate reality of how easily radical activists can influence our local politicians. The fate of my business has been cast.

Mayid Yamin

Owner of Petland

Deerfield Beach




Posted on 05 November 2015 by L.Moore

Water tap issues

Dear Editor:

I think it is time to clarify the water giveaway program that has become a matter of contention. The original purpose of the installation in 1976 was to provide water to the residents if the city and their neighborhood communities were struck by some catastrophe where their water supply was cut off. It was never intended to provide water for the multitude of companies that have taken advantage of our largesse.

The water offered by Boca Raton is not potable whereas that taken in Deerfield is. Boca allows 250 gallons for a cost of 50 cents. Pompano Beach charges $47 a month and the user must sign up ahead of time and pay for 12 months in advance. Those in Deerfield getting 300 gallons for 25 cents do not pay a sewer fee or the 6 percent utility tax that the rest of the residents of Deerfield Beach pay.

Frankly, I believe that Commissioner Miller had a fiscal responsibility as a commissioner to inform the administration that there were many companies outside of Deerfield Beach that were making use of the free for all. When I was informed of how the situation was impacting Extreme Granite, I did not believe it could be happening. I asked the BSO Commander Robert Schnakenberg to check it out. Both he and I were shocked to find out that the problem that Extreme Granite reported did exist. That is why I took it to the commission at the last meeting.

We are not in the business of subsidizing users at the expense of the taxpayers of Deerfield Beach. Commissioner Miller failed to fulfill his obligation to the citizens of Deerfield Beach by knowing and allowing this practice to continue.

Jean M. Robb

Mayor, Deerfield Beach

Dear Editor:

[In] Joe Miller’s letter about business water usage, he states that he “found out that the city’s highest rate for water is $2.65 per 1000 gallons of water.”

I would like to know where he got this information from. Today, I received my monthly water/sewer/garbage bill and ,for 8000 gallons of water, I am paying $38.24. In my math, this equates to $4.78 per 1000 gallons. Realizing that part of this charge is a billing fee/administration fee or any other designation the city chooses to use, it still doesn’t change the fact that I’m paying $4.78 per 1000 gallons. I think it’s sort of disturbing that a man we chose to represent us on the city commission, a resident and also a business owner, is either distorting the facts to make his case for the continued discounted water usage for his business, or [is] not in touch with reality about an issue as important as this.

Steve McKean

Deerfield Beach

[Editor’s note: For a breakdown of all utility fees, visit www.municode.com, browse the library to look under the Deerfield Beach Code of Ordinances and chapter 70 utilities]

Pioneer Park Patriotic Concert

Dear Editor:

It was truly a magical night on Friday, Oct. 30, at Pioneer Park with over 80 of the “President’s own” musicians – the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus – and an opportunity for the public to hear them perform patriotic music in preparation for Veterans Day!

Special thanks and sincere gratitude to the record crowd that attended the concert and to the Deerfield Beach Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club and the Junior Historical Society of Deerfield Beach High School for their sponsorship, and for making this fabulous night of music possible. We are also grateful to the Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. for helping with arrangements.

Deerfield Beach Historical Society concert organizers



Posted on 29 October 2015 by L.Moore

Thanks to Parks & Rec. for Fall Festival

Dear Editor:

Kudos to the City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation staff for organizing such a great event on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Pioneer Park. The first annual Fall Festival was an awesome and wonderful family event with a large variety of enjoyable activities. Thank you for providing this to our community and also for allowing us to be part of the fun! Looking forward to next year’s event!

Emily Lilly

on behalf of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society

RE: Water access for companies

Dear Editor:

At the end of the Oct. 20 commission meeting, the Mayor brought up the subject companies like mine [J.P. Miller & Sons Services, Inc.] getting water to fill our tanks at the water plant. It was reported that some individuals fill up their tanks and drive off with the water still running. This excess water caused a problem for a local company that reported that [it was] puddling on their property. The discussion then went to how much companies were paying for the water with the implication that companies like mine were ripping off the city by getting our water so cheap.

I did some research and would like to set the record straight. We pay 50 cents, according to my serviceman, to get 300 gallons of water. I found out that the city’s highest rate for water is $2.65 for 1000 gallons of water. I did the math and that comes out to approx. 80 cents for 300 gallons of water. So the big deal that the Mayor made was for 30 cents extra that the city should have been charging companies. She was comparing the cost of water at Publix per gallon to what we pay at home. This can easily be fixed by adjusting the rate to reflect the true cost.

There is something else that I would like to point out. There is a public safety issue that the city was wisely taking into consideration by providing this water availability at the water plant. With the set up we had (just like Boca and Pompano have), there is an air gap between the hose and the tank being filled. If a person filling a tank put a hose into the tank, there is potential that the contents of the tank could be siphoned back into our water supply. This is one of the most important reasons most of the cities in Broward provide this type of service. Another thing to consider is that there are over 700 pest management companies in Broward County alone with thousands of trucks on the road with tanks on them. We are not the only industry that has water tanks … pool companies, car washing and some construction companies have tanks also, to name a few.

I did vote to keep this service available to commercial companies. At the time, the conservation was such that I was focused on drivers driving away with the water still running, which seemed ridiculous to me. I may be the only city commissioner in Broward County that has personally used this source of water and I was taken aback at how quickly the idea to shut it down was approved by people that did not know it existed. I would like to think of our city as business-friendly.

Another fact people may not realize is that the pest management industry is larger in Florida than the citrus industry, with many, many registered voters and their customers.

Joseph P. Miller

(Commissioner, Dist. 1)

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 22 October 2015 by L.Moore

Open letters to Century Village Management

Master Management

All week, the week of Oct. 12, we were advised that the water throughout the village would be [turned] off on Friday, Oct. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to about 6 p.m. The City of Deerfield Beach was involved [in] this having something to do with the water valves. So, we made sure that we had water in our apartments for drinking and large pots of water to use to flush our toilets. Everything in the village was closed — the clubhouse, the pools and the restaurant. Well, along came Friday morning, Oct. 16, and the water was not turned off. I called the city water department about 10 a.m. and was told that Master Management had cancelled the work the day before.

The same way you notified us about the water being turned off, you could have advised us of the cancellation by email. It is a means of instant communication and could have been done it at the same time that you notified the city that the work had been cancelled—not at 11:30 a.m. on Friday when we had already had our days ruined but knew that the work had to be done. Who do you think you are, your own private Caliphate? How dare you treat us as if we are nothing more than your serfs? It is really time that each and every one of you was replaced.

Bay Management

You are a million dollar business that operates like a 1930s candy store.

The elevator in the [Century Village] clubhouse was not operative on Saturday or Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18. I know that the service contract is 24/7, but since no one from Bay Management was in the clubhouse over the weekend, and the people in the staff office know nothing, nothing was done.

It would have been nice to go to the dance on Saturday night or the show on Sunday, but since there was no elevator, those of us who could not manage the stairs were out of luck.

I am darn sure that if this had happened during the season, the people in the staff office would have known what to do immediately. I ask what kind of candy store are you running? You can make all the excuses you want to as far as why nothing was done. Makes no difference. You were wrong.

Roberta Shapiro

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 15 October 2015 by L.Moore

RE: Hotel, parking in The Cove

Dear Editor:

Last Friday, attorney Tom Connick, a long time Deerfield attorney, sent via email [in public record] to all commissioners, Mayor and the City Manager that if they vote the [Blue Water VIII] hotel in with the seven [code] violations [Oct. 20], it is totally illegal. It will be challenged in court and the city will lose a multi-million dollar lawsuit. [Developer Mike] O’Leary does have an approval currently to build a restaurant which is perfectly legal and ready to go.

The tabling of the parking meters happens to be a blessing for the existing businesses. As quoted in your newspaper on Oct. 7, after Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall, Mr. O’Leary asked Vice Mayor Ganz if he could meet with him. Apparently, the meeting took place. Who was there? What was discussed? In the article, the City Attorney cautioned nothing said here can bind the commission.

I owned a home and business in The Cove Shopping Center for 13 years and went through the same hardships as others during that 3-1/2 year process. Twenty-nine businesses went out then. If this hotel is approved, the balance of the process will [cause the] demise of the rest of the businesses during this construction. I sold my home and business, but I am still involved in Deerfield Beach as my family still lives there.

Steve Krevoy

Deerfield Beach

RE: Support for burial ground memorial park

Dear Editor:

The Deerfield Beach Original “Save Our Beach” (OSOB) committee strongly favors the five-acre lot, at the intersection of SE 2 Avenue and SE 5 Court, becoming an African-American burial memorial.

This piece of privately owned property, termed in old Broward County records as “The Old Colored Cemetery”, became a burial ground, because of the segregation policies of the past.

There are still human remains on this land. This presents a perfect opportunity to create a memorial. There is no African American burial memorial in Broward County. Creating such a memorial is our City’s opportunity to honor and respect, in death, the memory of those who were disrespected and marginalized in life.

I hope the City, the County and the State can make this happen. It is long overdue.

Marge Hilton,

Deerfield Beach

Dear Editor:

GFWC Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach supports the effort to turn the property at SE 2 Avenue and SE 5 Court, Deerfield Beach, into an African American Memorial Burial Ground.

This land should be made into a memorial to all the African American Broward County residents who, because of segregation, were buried in odd lots and side yards and whose locations (if not their memories) are lost forever to their descendants.

The Club recognizes this as a humanitarian effort to give proper respect.

Mary McKenna

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 08 October 2015 by L.Moore

Thank you to DB’s Will Reed

Dear Editor:

Gardeners were cutting the median along Hillsboro Blvd. when a sharp object flew onto the road in front of my car. A lane change was impossible due to heavy traffic. Hence, I went over it and “POP” went my tire. My car limped into the shopping center where I called AAA.

After a whopping $232 for a new tire, my husband, who I have to give credit to, said, “Call the city and see what they can do.”

I would’ve just blown it off.

I spoke with Mr. Will Reed, who I would like to thank for expediting a check from the city. Thank you, Will.

Lorraine Barsher

Deerfield Beach

Dog enforcement on the beach

Dear Editor:

This is in regard to the Sept. 24 Talk to the Mayor article about dogs on Deerfield Beach. Some points to consider:

1. The current regulation is not enforced at all by the Deerfield Police or code [enforcement] officials. In 20 years walking the sidewalk, I have never seen a single stop by police for walking dogs on the beachside walkway. Not one. In fact, I have seen police in patrol vehicles look away seemingly on purpose. So what data-based evidence does the police chief have to know what he is saying is true? Maybe one well-publicized infraction would help violators obey. Enforcement is important because the personal injury risk to people and their dogs from larger dogs on the beachside walkway is enormous and the cost will fall to taxpayers because of lack of enforcement.

2. The old signs said “No Dogs” on the sidewalk. The new signs say “No animals” on the [sidewalk] and the wording is, at the least, confusing. The signs are not at the entrance spots or the parking pay stations, or the walkway egress to the parking lots. Maybe better more frequent better-placed signage would help with voluntary compliance.

3. Research shows that 38 percent of dog owners scoff at the dog feces pickup duty. As the EPA puts it, “If you think picking up dog poop is unpleasant, try swimming in it” – or additionally, in the case of our beach, lying and walking in it. All dogs currently walking on the Deerfield Beach beachside walkway urinate on the light standards, benches and lawn. Children who crawl will put anything in their mouths; 20 percent of kids get roundworm from dogs and cats.

4. People walk their dogs to the beach for the express purpose of defecating there versus their own residence. Fenced dog parks, a cheap solution, should be considered with collection containers to avoid the adverse conditions that allowing dogs on the beachside walkways bring.

George Cherenack

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 30 September 2015 by L.Moore

Long live the Mayor

On Tuesday night, Sept. 15, Mayor Robb held her second “Talk to the Mayor” forum. During the 12 years I have attended commission meetings, no mayor took the initiative to actually to hear what residents think. Right out the gate, the first speaker criticized the mayor unnecessarily. Rather than applaud the mayor for her years of contributions to this city, she choose to malign her.

Most resident concerns centered on problems BSO needs to address, but, due to lack of boots, as stated by Chief Schnakenberg, these problems don’t get resolved. Rather than spend over a million dollars to purchase unbuildable beach lots, which residents do not want bought, the prudent move would be to add additional police officers to make our city safer … rather than being concerned about a couple of signs which are unnoticeable and a RV that doesn’t block one’s ocean view.

What should incense the citizenry of Deerfield Beach is paying a group of lawyers over a million dollars for property that cost them $4,000 twenty years ago. Yes, you read that correctly. Four thousand dollars annualized and compounded for 20 years, if invested in the stock market would bring a fair investment return. Even an unusually high 19.85 percent would be $150,000, not a million and a half dollars, which is more in line with what the lawyers are seeking.

Questions to ask: “Why didn’t the city buy these parcels a few years back when they had the opportunity before our city leaders made the horrendous mistake of giving Boinis an additional $200,000 for a beach lot the state was giving $200,000 for?” “Why didn’t the City allow a Sweet 16 for a lawyers’ daughter when the lawyers were always generous when the city would request using their land for events?” And, thus, the ensuing problem. The answer to these questions are mismanagement by our City Manager and the department heads under him, plus the City Commissioner who “expedited” the last beach sale by giving that owner an extra $200,000.

There is a public referendum procedure in place when it comes to selling city property above a specified dollar amount. Likewise, a public referendum is warranted before the city goes forward with purchases in excess of a million dollars.

Caryl Berner

Deerfield Beach

Thanks for community input

It is my pleasure to let you know that the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was passed at our last meeting on Sept. 21. I want to thank those of you who came out to give us your input and those of you who contacted me directly to share your thoughts and views on how your tax dollars are being spent.

Friends, I am proud that we are moving the city in the right direction, financially. We are fiscally stronger today than we have been since the economic downturn we all experienced a few years ago. I am pleased to let you know that we [the commission] voted to lower the millage rate in this budget, from a rate of 6.7688 to 6.6688, which is approximately one-tenth of a mill.

This decrease in the millage also resulted in a decrease of about $500,000 to the budget. While it isn’t as much as I would like to have seen, this rate reduction still provides tax relief while maintaining service levels and a healthy reserve.

Our next commission meeting is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2015 in City Hall Chambers located at 150 NE 2 Ave. The meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. and I hope to see you all there!

If you have any concerns or questions for me, you can always email me at bganz@Deerfield-Beach.com

Bill Ganz

Vice Mayor



Posted on 24 September 2015 by L.Moore

Ugly trailer marring beach views

Dear Editor:

I live on NE 20 Avenue, one block from the public beach access that is located at 4 Court and A1A. I have always enjoyed waking early and walking to the beach to appreciate and thank God for yet another sunrise. It doesn’t matter whether the sunrise is extraordinarily spectacular or whether it is diminished by clouds. It DOES matter, however, that the sunrise is now and has been, for a few years, obscured by an unoccupied, unsightly trailer with an EXPIRED Florida license plate.

The signage around the trailer states “private property.” I have no objection with people owning beach property; however, I do object that there seem to be different rules for different people.

A few years ago, I purchased a small, pop-up camper. I parked it on the property (behind our hedge line) for three to four days until I was able to tow it to its final destination that coming weekend. The camper was legally registered and out of sight of neighbors. Within a day after parking the camper behind the hedges, the camper was tagged by the city with a warning to either remove the camper or face a fine. I complied with the warning, in accordance with the law. Problem solved!

It is beyond my comprehension how an unsightly, unregistered trailer, can remain on the beach, for every nearby neighbor, visitor and/or passerby to see. The location of this unsightly, unregistered trailer poses a threat not only to the public, but, also to the public beach property surrounding it. It is an eyesore on the beach of Deerfield, which prides itself on the beauty of its beaches.

Lorraine S. Kelly

Deerfield Beach

[Editors Note: The commission is working to find a solution to this issue. It is currently in litigation. “It’s an on-going problem we are hoping to resolve in the coming months,” said a city representative.]

Thank you, Thomas Roofing

Dear Editor:

Twenty-five years ago this past January, I needed a new roof on my home. I contacted a Deerfield roofing company. A new roof was put on and it looked great. This past January, Citizens Insurance stated that my current roof would have to meet certain qualifications. Ultimately, it meant I would have to have a new roof. I called Steve at Thomas Roofing who put the roof on in 1995. Steve also replaced the back patio roof after Wilma. (Incidentally, I wrote Steve to replace that back roof as I had left town to get away from the hurricane. He called me and, in three days, he had replaced the patio roof. I paid him when I returned to Deerfield a couple weeks later.)

When it came to this past January, I called Steve again. He was no longer in the business of putting roofs on homes, but he still had a business to repair, clean, pressure clean, etc. any roof. He gave me names of two Deerfield roofers. I phoned them. They came and [each] gave me an estimate.

I phoned Steve who helped me make a decision between the two companies. At the time it was being replaced, Steve came over and confirmed the work this roofer was doing was the best. Steve went out of his way to be a good neighbor, Deerfield business man and just a very nice guy.

Thank you, Steve, for being my friend.

J. M. Harte

Deerfield Beach



Posted on 17 September 2015 by L.Moore

Thanks to Post Office rescuer!

Dear Editor:

I am a newcomer to this area and, today, I found the Deerfield Beach Post Office. I had two large envelopes to send – one unsealed, to show the clerk the Tic Tacs [that] were making the noise, as I was sending them along for the 94-year-old lady Veteran’s Honor Flight from Denver to Arlington, next week.

O.K. I did not have my debit card or enough cash. From the back, a man’s voice asked how much my bill was. The clerk said $8 and he said “I’ll pay it.” A tall, wonderful man came forward and paid my bill. I thanked him three times, and others did also.

When a good person steps forward to help out, more people should hear of it. Thanks again, Sir.

Dora Gabe

Deerfield Beach, FL

City excesses evident in proposed budget

Dear Editor:

Our City Manager presented a budget for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 that increased the millage rate, proposed a new stormwater tax, and introduced a new Capital Improvement Plan that calls for $96 million in new spending programs over the next five years! The millage rate is now where it was in fiscal 2010 the year before our new public service tax began and the promise of lower millage rates were made.

But the city is now taking in $8 million per year from the public service tax and the rise in non-homesteaded property values in Deerfield Beach brought in an additional $2.1 million in revenue for the new fiscal year. However the City Manager believes our finances are so bad we need an additional new tax called the Stormwater Tax.

Let’s take a look at where this extra $10.1 million in added revenue is being spent by our City Manager:

1) The general fund balance (rainy day fund) has increased by $11 million since 2013 and is projected at $18.7 million this new fiscal year representing a 143 percent increase in just three years. On top of this the City Manager in 2014 created three new rainy day funds called the water and sewer replacement fund, the water and sewer emergency fund and the solid waste emergency reserve fund. These funds now have a balance of $4.5 million for the new fiscal year. The City Manager believes this $23.2 million in reserve is necessary on a proposed budget of $99 million.

This is the HIGHEST amount of reserves that the city has ever had. The City Manager is under the misguided belief that it’s better that the city hold on to this money than you the taxpayer in the form of a lower millage rate.

2) The self funded health plan for city employees is expected to increase by $1.1 million to $7 million, a 19 percent increase from last year. The city pays 90 percent of the medical premium for its employees. The employees also received average merit increases of 2 percent this year.

This and other examples of excess have been pointed out to the city commissioners over the budget process. Their response at the Sept.9 first reading was to roll back the operating millage rate by 1.5 percent so they could claim they did not raise the operating millage rate this year. They fail to realize the citizens of Deerfield Beach are seeing no tax reduction from the $8 million public service tax revenue nor [from] the $2.1 million in added revenue [due to] the increase in property values.

We have one last chance this budget cycle to tell our commissioners our displeasure with our tax-and-spend City Manager and demand that a meaningful percentage of that $10.1 million be returned to the taxpayers in the form of a lower millage rate. Please show up at the Sept. 21 meeting (at 6:45 p.m.) and speak to them during the three minutes they must give you. Go to the city’s website under the financial services section where you can read a copy of the proposed city budget.

Dan Herz

Deerfield Beach FL

[Editor’s Note: According to the City, the millage rate was not increased; in fact, the tentatively approved millage rate is that of 6.6688 mills. A stormwater fee is not included in the proposed budget. The fee has also not been imposed on any property. Proceeds from the fee, if deemed necessary in the future, cannot be used for General Fund operations.

The Water & Sewer and Solid Waste Emergency Reserve Funds, as well as the Water and Sewer Renewal and Replacement Funds, have no bearing on a property owner’s tax bill. The funds are fueled by user charges, which cannot be comingled with General Fund dollars.

The reserve balance has been higher than the proposed amount in the past. Neighboring cities with similarly-sized budgets have significantly more in reserves; some even have more than 3 ½ times Deerfield’s level of reserves.]


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