LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Posted on 17 September 2014 by LeslieM

2014 Tax Rates and Accountability

Dear Editor:

You’ll notice that the real estate tax rate for Deerfield Beach rose slightly for 2014 after the major increase in 2013, which followed the implementation of a 10 percent utility tax.

We should all be aware that we live in a city with one of the highest real estate tax rates in all of Broward County. For that, we can thank the current city commission.

It’s also interesting to note that most municipalities held or slightly reduced their rates as values in the county went up.

We should all remember this at the next municipal election that, unfortunately, is not scheduled with all other elections in November when we receive our tax bills, but in March at added cost.

March elections historically produce low voter turnout which generally favors the incumbent.

Is it possible that this is why we have municipal elections in March?

We should be thankful that our politicians realize that we might all become overwhelmed at the polls if we had to collectively vote for them at the same time that we are picking our state and national leaders.

Here’s an idea: Why don’t we have all referendums and constitutional amendments voted on in March, leaving the November ballot free to only vote for elected officials?

That way, we could charge the sponsors of referendums and constitutional amendments for the additional cost of the election.

Can’t wait to hear the reasons why this can’t be done.

David Nace

Deerfield Beach

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