The Ritter Report

The Ritter Report – November/December 2011

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There is some good news about the budget for this year. After several years of cutting back, few cuts were needed for 2011-2012. Property tax revenues have stabilized and we were able to add some services back for residents. Regional Libraries, including the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs are now open on Sundays. County Parks are no longer closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. After several years of continued cuts in everything from jobs to BCT bus routes to park hours, it’s nice to see that there is a leveling off. Best of all, we were able to do all of this without raising the tax millage rate. 

If your property tax portion for Broward County went up from last year, there is (oddly enough) some good news for you. It means your home value went up.

Don’t get me wrong. The budget is still very tight and likely will be for a while longer, but the budget for fiscal 2011-2012 is, in my opinion, fiscally responsible and is providing residents with services you have come to expect from Broward County.

I am proud of the work of the Commission, County staff and I look forward to continue to serve you in District 3.

Broward County is required by its Charter to balance the populations of its nine commission districts and ensure residents have equal representation on the County Commission. The Commission is already in the process of preparing a new district map which will be based upon the recently released 2010 census data.

Although Broward County is not required to use Fair Districting Standards for federal congressional and state legislative districts recently added to the state constitution, I am proud to say that the Board of County Commissioners voted to use these standards to promote the public interest.

The final public hearing to decide on the shape of these districts is planned for Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at the downtown Broward County Governmental Center.  

Find out more at www.broward.org/Redistricting.

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By the time this newsletter is released, it looks as if the road construction on Pine Island in Northwest Broward should finally be coming to an end. Officially, it is 95 percent completed.

Based on the latest information I have from Broward County Traffic Engineering and driving on Pine Island Road sometimes on my way to the Broward Governmental Center downtown, three lanes are open in each direction from north of Commercial Boulevard south to Northwest 50 Avenue and two lanes open in each direction from Northwest 50 Street south to Oakland Park Boulevard. All three lanes have been built in those areas, but the two inside lanes along the median are currently being used as work zone area. Unfortunately, the contractor was not able to complete the work by the end of September as planned, but the best estimate right now is that it should be completed by the end of November.

Some areas need light poles, small sections of sidewalks, curbs and driveway connections. Landscaping and irrigation are also being worked on in the southern section of the project. 


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Commissioner Ritter drove a 2012 Nissan Leaf, an all-electric car at the Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Summit at the Coral Springs Marriott. Pictured with Stacy is Chris Heshmati with the South Florida Regional Planning Council, one of the co-sponsors of the event. Drive and tour the car with Stacy at YouTube.com/stacyritter3.

The Broward Commission honors U.S. Marine Cpl. Amit Charnardip, the son of Lutchman Charnardip (standing to his left) who works for Broward County Parks and Recreation. Also pictured is Amit’s mother, Anganie.

Stacy extends a proclamation from Broward County marking 30 years of their practice together, Vision World, in Coral Springs. Pictured (L-R) Dr. Jeffrey Reisch, Dr. Mark Gendal and Commissioner Ritter. 

Commissioner Ritter meets with the Chairman of the Broward County Veterans’ Council, Bill Kling and the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Broward County VA OP Clinic in Sunrise, Dr. Phillip Greenberg, over concerns about traffic and pedestrians crossing Commercial Boulevard, where the facility is located.