When A Picture Is Worth 14.6 Million Dollars!
Deerfield-News.com Deerfield Beach,Fl-Deerfield Beach we must be the stupidest voters in Broward County.Seems to me Pompano Beach and Coral Springs ,two of our neighboring cities have it right. Their voters a smarter than us “Dumb Deerfielders”. Deerfield Beach who could not be bothered to allow its citizens to vote on the bond issue,we must entrust our 5 elected officials to be the only ones to spend and vote on “Bonds”. You see in Deerfield Beach your elected officials who said they can not allow these decisions to be made by the voters have pulled the wool over our eyes.They truly know best! Why would a city want the voters to have a say in how Millions of dollars will be spent.
To continue with yesterdays story of our “Water Treatment Plant” you must look at the 14.6 million dollars our commission must spend to repair the water treatment plant.This is the same water treatment plant where we had no problems,no rust ,nothing wrong to see here.The endangerment if the only plant in the city goes down is where the back-up water would come from,which is Boca Raton if they can supply us.As we have earlier reported sources say Boca is pissed at Deerfield Beach for an incident where they needed water and felt we overcharged,I mean gouged them .
This is the official response to our original inquiry.
The City of Deerfield Beach is in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards and safe for consumption.
Rebecca Medina Stewart
Director of Public Affairs & Marketing
We never said the drinking water with the exception of when the city initiated a boil water order,that our water was not safe to drink according to federal standards.
Trust us folks our sources of information about the water plant are folks in the know ,city employees who wish to remain anonymous and our talks with them are off the record.As you can see the pictures and new 14.6 Million in proposed repairs validate out our original report as factual.We have a serious water treatment plant problem.
No do not look here there is nothing to see,14.6 million dollars later.This administration spoke of transparency and the residents demand and deserve it.
Deerfield Beach residents you can see the breakdown below of where the city of Coral Springs wants to spend its money ,they are spelling it out and allowing the citizens make the decision.
Nov 14, 2017 – Pompano Beach voters will be asked to approve bonds in March that would go toward upgrades, including three new firehouses and improving Dixie … A special election in March will ask voters to increase taxes to pay for $174 million in upgrades to facilities for public safety, roadways and city parks.
From Coral Springs Talk-
$75 Million Bond on Ballot for Coral Springs Voters in March
January 8, 2018 by Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs voters have an opportunity to make much-needed improvements to the city, that is, if they vote yes on three general obligation bonds totaling $75 million in the March 13 election.
Divided on the ballot as three separate questions: Bond for Public Safety, Bond for Parks and Recreation, and Bond for Streets and Drainage. Voters can then choose to vote for or against each one.
Improvements would include: Public Safety and Public Works Campus improvements including an expansion of the Fire Academy, renovation of the garage and storage facility that houses the city’s operating supplies, and construction of a real-life tactical facility for police personnel. Mullins Park, North Community Park, Cypress Park and Sportsplex will also see improvements with the addition of artificial turf and new LED lighting.
Funding to implement the city’s Pavement Management Plan, including more than 85 lane miles that have not been resurfaced in the last 20 years, will be made available if voters vote yes. Areas such as the Corporate Park, where many businesses are located, as well as residential neighborhoods like Westchester, and the Meadows and Dells will see various improvements to the existing drainage system, mitigating flooding severity and duration.
In addition, there will be enhancements to public amenities such as a new senior center and upgrades to the aquatic center.
In October, residents were hit with the largest tax increase in years after the millage rate went from 4.8 percent to 5.87 percent. A family residing in a $250,000 home, saw their taxes increase $250 annually. According to the city, the bond will provide improvements to infrastructure, public facilities and amenities which require funding beyond that of the normal operating budget and the recent tax increase.
Based on a $250,000 home, the average breakdown in annual costs for the three bond issues would be: Public Safety $43, Parks and Recreation $41, and Streets and Drainage $39. Therefore, If the bond measures passes, beginning October 1, 2018, the average single-family home will see an increase of $123.00 to their annual property taxes.
“I would vote yes,” said resident Andrew Ladanowski. “The economy is growing and we need to invest in our city. Kids need ball fields. We need to proper facilities to train our firefighters and it would be nice to have an amphitheater. I always wanted to sneak over to Parkland for a concert at the amphitheater.”
Resident Michael Black agrees with most of the improvements as long as they enrich the community, however, he didn’t agree with license plate readers around the city.
“I would vote against any measure that infringes on the rights of its citizens. The purpose should be for public safety,” said Black. “I’d love to hear the rationale behind the measure before making a judgement.”
• Public Safety and Public Works Campus $18,500,000
• Fire Station 64 Reconstruction $4,000,000
• License Plate Readers-Perimeter & Interior $1,600,000
• Tactical Training Facility $1,500,000
• Two Emergency Traffic Signals $700,000
• Parks & Recreation Lighting $3,400,000
• Aquatic Complex New Pool + Enhancements $5,600,000
• Park Artificial Turf Fields $8,000,000
• Amphitheater/Splash Pad $2,000,000
• Senior Center $5,000,000
• Mullins Park-New American League Building $1,000,000
• Road Resurfacing $13,250,000
• Corporate Park Drainage $4,300,000
• Westchester Drainage $5,000,000
• Meadows and Dells Drainage Improvements $1,000,000
General obligation bonds are a common type of municipal bond issued by states and local governments to raise funds for public works. What makes general obligation bonds unique is that they are backed by the full faith and credit of the issuing municipality.
Historically, residents of Coral Springs have voted in favor of general obligation bonds – once in 2006 and more recently in 2014. The $12.45 million bond of 2014 was approved by 72 percent of residents. The projects included updates to Public Safety Communication Systems, restoring of Fire Station 43 and 95, renovation of the Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence storage unit, and the construction of a new Safety Town Building. All were completed within two years and remained within budget.
City Manager Mike Goodrum said, “Our goal is to preserve the acclaimed reputation of the City of Coral Springs. With these measures in place, we can significantly invest in our neighborhoods to improve our city.”