The Ritter Report

The Ritter Report – September/October 2011

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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

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