The Ritter Report

The Ritter Report – September/October 2011


In this Issue

Ever wonder what a day at the office is like for me, a Broward County Commissioner? Here’s one example of something that happened recently:

On Thursday, August 18, a resident of Sunrise contacted my office about some crosswalks that were severely faded near Welleby Elementary. They were concerned, especially with school getting ready to start. My office contacted Broward County Traffic Engineering and they sent out staff to the area of Nob Hill Road and Josh Lee Boulevard. Sure enough, they noticed that the crosswalks needed repainting. That repair was made within the week, so on Monday, August 23, the first day of school, students were crossing in freshly painted crosswalks.

I would like to personally thank Broward County’s Traffic Engineering Division for getting that job done so quickly for you, our residents.

Like me, you may have noticed your east-west and north-south trips on County roads are a little quicker these days. I’ve noticed it on my daily trips around the County and from my home in Parkland to the downtown Governmental Center in Fort Lauderdale.

It’s all because Broward Traffic Engineering is installing equipment and working diligently to get all the traffic lights on major roads like Sample, McNab and University synchronized. It was a top priority for me back in 2008 when I was mayor and after several years of planning, purchasing new equipment and perseverance, much of the system is in place and working smoothly.

New software, paid for by the state, is beginning to get installed at many of our 4,200 intersections. It will change the signal synchronization to digital technology so it can all be monitored and controlled from a central location.

If you drive the speed limit, you’ll notice just how many fewer red lights are part of your drive. Hats off to our Traffic Engineering Division for their great work!

Only 23 percent of your total tax bill goes to Broward County. The rest of the money goes to other taxing districts, including Broward Schools, your local hospital district, your water management district, city services and a few others. So, for every $1 you pay, Broward County gets 23 cents.

Out of the 23 cents per dollar you pay, here is how it is used by Broward County:

·         53 percent goes to the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)

·         2 percent  goes to the Property Appraiser’s Office

·         1 percent goes to the Supervisor of Elections’ Office

·         44 percent is for County operating costs

Broward uses that operating money for parks and libraries, funding road projects and many more services. Broward County offers health services, addiction recovery, assists the elderly and veterans, has pet adoption services, monitors our sensitive environment from the ocean to the Everglades, operates the Convention & Visitors Bureau to increase tourism, administers and enforces building and zoning codes to protect the safety of the public, operates buses through BCT and much, much more.

Broward County also operates the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, but no tax dollars fund these important operations for our economy. They are self-supporting; using the money they generate themselves for operations and to make improvements.

The next time you need to travel out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, you will find it is much easier to pay for parking. The Airport now accepts SunPass. To make sure your transponder will pay for parking, log onto your SunPass account and pre-select the SunPass Plus program. Your SunPass account will automatically be billed for your parking. It’s that easy!

For more information, contact us.

Broward County District 3 serves parts of the following cities:
Parkland • Coral Springs • Tamarac • Sunrise

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§ At Your Service

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§ Community Update

Commissioner Ritter with some of the first responders at the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony in Coral Springs.

An impressive sight at the 9-11 Memorial as the Coral Springs Fire Department hoists the American Flag high above the event.

Commissioner Ritter with the owners of the Tamarac Diner Café, which hosts some of the “Coffee with Stacy” interviews each month. Pictured (L-R) Stacy and owners Adriana, Lincoln and Gus.

Commissioner Ritter tweets to her followers before speaking to the Parkland/Coral Springs Democratic Club. You can follow Stacy on Twitter - @StacyRitter.

Also pictured are club members Percy Johnson, Marilyn Grossman, Stacey Gendal, Parkland City Commissioner Dave Rosenhof and Daphne Creary.

Broward County’s budget outlook for 2011-2012 is looking better. Parks and some libraries will be reopening. The County’s tax rate will not go up, either. Get all the details as Stacy interviews Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry. Watch the “Coffee with Stacy” video HERE.

Stacy talks with area businesswoman and Allstate agent, Stacy Kagan, about the issue of texting while driving. Watch the “Coffee with Stacy” video HERE.