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GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WELCOME

[Call to Order]

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GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. IF EVERYONE WOULD PLEASE RISE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. CITY ATTORNEY WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE THE OVERVIEW OF OUR VIRTUAL MEETING THIS EVENING? THESE VIRTUAL, THESE MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD VIRTUALLY, AND IF SO, ACTUALLY YES, PLEASE CITY ATTORNEY GIVE THE GUIDANCE FOR TONIGHT'S PROCEDURE.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF YOU HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A CITY COMMISSION MEETING FOR DEALING WITH THE BUDGET, WE DO HAVE A SCRIPT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SAY THINGS PROPERLY AND EVERYTHING IS PUT INTO THE RECORD FOR DEALING WITH THE BUDGET ACCORDINGLY.

SO CITY ATTORNEY? THANK YOU, MAYOR.

JUST QUICKLY FOR THE RECORD, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT EVER JOINED US FOR A VIRTUAL MEETING UNDER THE GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER, NUMBER 20-69 ISSUED BACK IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

CITY COMMISSIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, WHICH INCLUDES SPECIAL DISTRICTS AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES, ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO CONDUCT VIRTUAL MEETINGS BY HAVING VIRTUAL OF THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION, ADOPTED A PROCEDURE AND SET OF PROCEDURES CALLED THE CMT PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA TECHNOLOGY BASED IN DISCUSSIONS WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE PUBLIC TO HAVE AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO THE THINGS THAT YOU DO, HOW YOU DO IT, AND WHEN YOU DO IT.

WHETHER IT'S A PUBLIC HEARING OR WHETHER IT'S PUBLIC ACCESS.

THE ISSUE IS THAT THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT NOT ONLY TO ACCESS, BUT TO PUBLIC TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN ACCESS ANY MEETING. TODAY BEING ONE OF THOSE MEETINGS.

THE CITY CLERK HAS PROPERLY ADVERTISED THIS MEETING IN THE CONTEXT OF BEING ON THE WEBSITE AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS.

THERE ARE OTHER MEANS WITH WHICH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN GET INTO THE MEETING, WHICH IS EITHER BY EMAIL, BY FACEBOOK LIVE OR BY EMAILING THE OR CALLING IN, AS THE CASE MAY BE, ALL OF WHICH ARE PROCEDURES WHICH THE COMMISSION HAS ADOPTED AS A PROCESS TO GET THE PUBLIC FULLY ENGAGED IN THE CONVERSATION.

THE CITY HALL FACILITY, ALTHOUGH OPEN LIMITEDLY, THE CITY HALL CHAMBERS IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE WE'RE CURRENTLY IN PHASE ONE AND SOME CHANGE.

MAYBE WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO PHASE TWO.

I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER LEGALLY, BUT AT THE MOMENT WE'RE NOT IN PHASE ONE.

WE'RE NOT IN PHASE TWO, KIND OF LIKE IN BETWEEN.

BUT THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER WITH REGARD TO VIRTUAL MEETINGS DOES EXIST.

AND MOST LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, IF NOT ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT HAVE THE OPTION OF UTILIZING THIS PROCESS, ARE IN FACT UTILIZING THIS PROCESS.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO CAME OUT TO BE HERE TONIGHT FOR TRIM COMPLIANCE, WHICH IS TRUTH IN MILLAGE, THIS EVENING, THE COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER A MILLAGE ORDINANCE AND WE'LL CONSIDER A BUDGET ORDINANCE A NUMBER OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS.

THE GOVERNOR HAS EXPRESSLY, EXPRESSLY PROVIDED FOR TRIM COMPLIANCE HEARINGS TO BE TO BE CONDUCTED IN THIS FASHION, WHICH MEANS THAT YOU AS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, ALTHOUGH YOU CAN'T PHYSICALLY BE IN THE CHAMBERS.

YOU CAN ACCESS THE MEETING THROUGH THE CITY CLERK BY CALLING IN, BY USING FACEBOOK LIVE, BY EMAILING OR BY SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AND GETTING ON THE PHONE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. ALL THESE THINGS ARE LEGALLY POSSIBLE, BUT THE CLERK IS QUITE ADEPT AT HOW TO DEAL WITH IT. AND SHE WILL DO SO THIS EVENING IN THE CONTEXT OF MAKING SURE YOU'RE HEARD. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE COMMISSIONERS ARE SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT IN THE EVENT THAT THERE IS ANY DIGITAL PROBLEM OR A CHALLENGE WHERE THE SOUND IS A PROBLEM OR THE ACCESS POINTS ARE A PROBLEM, THEY HAVE AGREED BY THEIR PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED ORDER TO ESSENTIALLY RECESS A MEETING.

SO THAT LEVENT SUCUOGLU OUR DIRECTOR OF IT CAN TRY TO FIX THE PROBLEM.

IF THE PROBLEM CAN BE FIXED.

IT WILL BE FIXED. THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE FIXED.

WE HAVE ISSUES THAT WE'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH AT THAT PARTICULAR POINT, BUT WE ARE VERY SENSITIVE THAT BEING THE CITY ADMINISTRATION, THE CITY ATTORNEY IN PRINCIPLE WITH THE COMMISSION AND CITY STAFF AS TO MAKING SURE THAT THE PUBLIC IS NOT EXCLUDED BY THIS PROCESS. BUT TO THE CONTRARY, IS HIGHLY INCLUDED IN THIS PROCESS.

PARTICULARLY DURING TAX TIME, WHICH IS WHAT THIS IS.

TO THAT EXTENT, MAYOR AND COMMISSION THAT'S THE BRIEF THE ABBREVIATED VERSION.

WHERE WE ARE WE ARE BEING GOVERNED BY 20-69 AS AMENDED BY 20-193 PERHAPS, WHICH EXTENDS

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THE VIRTUAL MEETING, VIRTUAL QUORUM CONCEPT THROUGH OCTOBER ONE THIS YEAR, THE CONSEQUENCE OF WHICH IS THAT EACH COMMISSIONER WHO'S ON THE DAIS THIS EVENING IS VIRTUALLY ON THE DAIS SOMEWHERE PHYSICALLY IN YOUR OFFICES.

I KNOW YOU ARE CUZ I SAW YOU DOWN THERE, WHICH IS A GOOD THING.

AND TO THAT EXTENT YOU ARE LEGALLY ABLE TO CONDUCT THIS MEETING THROUGH THE AUSPICES OF THE CMT TECHNOLOGY ORDER, WHICH YOU ADOPTED IN WHICH THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE HAVE ENDORSED. THAT BEING SAID, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR OTHERWISE RESPOND TO QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

OTHERWISE I STAND BY YOU HELP YOU, AS ALWAYS.

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING VERY, VERY MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

THANKS MAYOR.

AGAIN, GOOD EVENING TO EVERYONE.

THIS IS A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC TO HOLD.

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE ANNUAL FIRE ASSESSMENT, THE ANNUAL STORM WATER FACILITY MANAGEMENT NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT, AND THE SETTING OF THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS ARE THE CULMINATION OF AN ENTIRE YEAR'S WORK BY THE CITY COMMISSION, THE CITY MANAGER AND STAFF.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC TONIGHT, THE CITY COMMISSION HELD WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AS WELL AS A BUDGET WORKSHOP ON JUNE 17,2020 TO PROVIDE DIRECTION TO THE STAFF ON THIS SUBMITTAL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DAIS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION AT THE WORKSHOPS AND FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS AS WE DELIBERATED ON THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION.

NOW, WE ARE READY TO BEGAN WITH TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13466.

[1. TR13466 - FY 2021 Fire Rescue Assessment]

MR. CITY MANAGER PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS USED THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS SINCE 1997 TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC FUNDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FIRE RESCUE SERVICES IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

AS THE CITY COMMISSION IS AWARE, THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN DETERMINED TO BE AN EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHODOLOGY TO USE IN APPORTIONING THE COST OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES TO IMPROVED PROPERTIES, THUS REDUCING THE OVERALL BURDEN ON THE RATE. THE RESIDENTIAL RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 WILL REMAIN AT THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS PER DWELLING UNIT.

WITH NO CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR, THE CITY CONDUCTED A STUDY ON FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT IN 2016 AND BASED UPON CALLS FOR SERVICE AND A FIVE YEAR BUDGET FORECAST FOR THE COST OF PROVIDING FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, STAFF RECOMMENDS THAT THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVE THE RATES THAT HAD BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION OF THE JULY 8, 2020 PRELIMINARY FIRE ASSESSMENT RATING HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISED FOR 16, 2020.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THANK YOU.

MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE TO THE RESOLUTION.

THANK YOU. A PLEASURE, MADAM MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

FOR THE RECORD, THIS IS TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER ONE THREE FOUR SIX SIX, WHICH FOR THOSE WHO ARE PAYING ATTENTION FROM HOME, IT IS THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT, AS YOU JUST DESCRIBED MAYOR, AND ALSO BY THE CITY MANAGER.

IT IS YOUR RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION THAT THE CITY TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE CITY.

TAMARAC, FLORIDA, REIMPOSING FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMARAC FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 1, 2020.

APPROVING THE RATE OF ASSESSMENT, APPROVE THE ASSESSMENT ROLE AND PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND FINALLY PROVIDED FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE WITH THE MOTION, MAYOR YOUR MATTER IS NOW ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER. THANK YOU.

WE WILL HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM MY NAME IS CHRISTINE CAJUSTE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES.

WITH ME THIS EVENING IS JEFF THIS IS THE FIRST OF FOUR PRESENTATION ON THE CITY'S SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

CAN YOU GO BACK TWO SLIDES THANK YOU. THE CITY UTILIZES THE TRIM NOTICES PROVIDED BY THE BROWARD COUNTY APPRAISER BCPA REPORTED THAT THESE NOTICES WILL BE MAILED BEGINNING AUGUST 12TH AND ADVERTISED THAT MUNICIPALITIES RELYING ON TRIM SHOULD NOT CONDUCT THEIR HEARING PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 12 SO AS TO GUARANTEE THAT THE 21 DAYS SEPTEMBER 12TH WAS LAST SATURDAY, WHICH WAS ON THE WEEKENDS.

TODAY IS THE FIRST BUSINESS DAY THAT FOR US TO CONDUCT THIS HEARING.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, THE RESOLUTION ADOPTED THIS ASSESSMENT WILL BE PROVIDED, MUST BE PROVIDED TO THE REVENUE COLLECTOR, THE STATE OF FLORIDA REVENUE COLLECTOR'S OFFICE AS WELL AS BCPA BY TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 15 IN ORDER TO FULFILL OUR OBLIGATIONS.

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NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO THE FIRST THE FIRST ASSESSMENT THAT WAS READ BY THE CITY ATTORNEYS, TR ONE THREE FOUR SIX SIX, THIS WAS OUR FY2021 FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT RATES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. OUR INITIAL FIRE SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATES WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 8, 2020 BY A RESOLUTION BY THIS COMMISSION.

THE FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA TRIM ON AUGUST 12, 2020, AND A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SUN-SENTINEL ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

TR ONE THREE FOUR SIX SIX ESTABLISHES THE FINAL FIRE ASSESSMENT RATES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

STAFF RECOMMENDS A RESIDENTIAL RATE OF THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS PER RESIDENTIAL UNIT. THIS HAS BEEN THE SAME FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, 2018, 2019 AND 2020.

AS THE CITY MANAGER MENTIONED IN FY2016, A RATE STUDY WAS DONE AND AN UPDATE WAS ACTUALLY DO THIS YEAR TO START OF THE BUDGET YEAR FISCAL YEAR 2020, BUT DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE DECISION WAS TAKEN TO DELAY THAT STUDY UNTIL LATER IN THE CALENDAR YEAR.

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSESSMENT IS THIRTEEN POINT NINE MILLION, WHICH IS FOURTEEN POINT SIX MILLION DOLLARS LESS EXEMPT BUY-DOWN.

THE EXEMPTION BUY-DOWN APPLIES TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE EXEMPT FROM TAXES AND ANOTHER SMALL PORTION INTO AN AREA THAT WAS ANNEXED FROM THE COUNTY RATE CHARGED BY THE COUNTY.

THE FUNDING PROVIDES APPROXIMATELY NINETY EIGHT POINT FIVE EIGHT PERCENT OF THE COST OF SERVICES AND FIRE SERVICES USING THE FIVE YEAR AVERAGE.

AND THIS COVERS ONLY FIRE SERVICES, NOT EMS. AND THE TOTAL THAT WE WILL COLLECT REPRESENT 52 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR THE FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. HERE YOU CAN SEE THE RESIDENTIAL RATE, THE RATES THAT ARE BEING CHARGED BY THE FIRE ASSESSMENT, THE RESIDENTIAL RATE BEING THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS, AS MENTIONED BEFORE, AND THE RATES FOR THE OTHER CATEGORIES THAT ARE BASED ON SQUARE FOOTAGE, MEANING THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL THAT GOES FROM A LOW OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE DOLLARS TO A HIGH OF FORTY SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY SEVEN. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.

OK, AT THIS TIME, I DON'T SEE ANYBODY . COMMISSIONER GELIN. HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO OTHER CITIES? I DON'T HAVE THE COMPARISON IN FRONT OF ME, BUT SOME CITIES ARE HIGHER AND SOME CITIES ARE LOWER, I CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH THAT INFORMATION BEFORE OK, MICHAEL DO YOU HAVE THAT DATA? I DON'T HAVE THAT IN FRONT OF ME, COMMISSIONER.

BUT I'M SURE CHRISTINE CAN COME UP WITH THAT BEFORE WE I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY'S FIRE RESCUE FEE IS DIFFERENT, PARTICULARLY RESIDENTIALLY, AND THE METHODOLOGIES ARE DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH SERVICE IS PROVIDED FROM FIRE VERSUS HOW MUCH SERVICES PROVIDED WITH EMS. SO IN TAMARAC, BECAUSE OF OUR VOLUME OF EMS CALLS, OUR FIRE RESCUE FEE IS LIMITED IN A CERTAIN EXTENT TO THE FIRE RESCUE ACTIVITIES.

I KNOW THAT IN SOME OTHER CITIES, NUMBER ONE THERE'S MORE VALUE.

AND NUMBER TWO, THERE'S MORE FIRE RELATED ACTIVITY AND LESS EMS. AND SO THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DIFFERENT METHODOLOGY FOR THEIR FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS. BUT I BELIEVE THAT YOU KNOW CHRISTINE IS RIGHT.

I MEAN, SOME CITIES ARE HIGHER, SOME CITIES ARE LOWER.

IT'S MOSTLY A MATTER OF HOW YOU CHOOSE TO APPORTION THOSE EXPENSES BETWEEN THE FIRE RESCUE FUND, WHERE THE FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENT GOES AND THE TRANSFER OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND THAT WE MAKE FOR THE AND I WILL ADD TO THAT THAT, YOU KNOW, THEIR RATE STRUCTURE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY WILL BE A DIFFERENT CHARGE FOR SINGLE FAMILY VERSUS, SAY, MULTIFAMILY IN SOME CITIES. SO THE TIER STRUCTURE THAT'S PROVIDED BY THE CONSULTANTS IS JUST GEARED SPECIFICALLY TO OUR CITY.

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OK, SO I DON'T NEED THE INFORMATION TO HOLD UP THE VOTE, BUT I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW AND I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT OUR FEE IS COMPARED TO OTHER CITIES THAT ARE COMPARABLE SIZE I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU, COMMISSIONER.

NO GO AHEAD, GO AHEAD. I CAN GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE CITY OF MIRAMAR, THEIR RESIDENTIAL RATE IS THREE NINETY EIGHT TWENTY THREE. CITY OF SUNRISE, I WOULD SAY THEIR RATE IS TWO TWENTY NINE FIFTY, SO IT GOES UP, CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, IT'S THREE ELEVEN.

OK, I DO NOT SEE A RATE FROM ALRIGHT. DO YOU HAVE DEERFIELD BEACH? CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH.

IS TWO THIRTY FIVE PER RESIDENTIAL UNIT.

OK. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AND I'M NOT SEEING ANY OF OUR OTHER TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13466.

WE DO NOT HAVE ANY COMMENTS THIS EVENING, MA'AM.

AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13466.

I NEED A MOTION MICHELLE, WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE HEARING YOU, YOU'RE AT THIS POINT, I'M ASKING FOR A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13466.

BETTER? THANK YOU.

THE FIRE SERVICE ASSESSMENT RATES TO FISCAL YEAR 2021.

SECOND THE MOTION.

SEEING NONE, CITY CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. THE TR 13466 PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

FIVE TO ZERO. EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU. TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13467.

[2. TR13467 - FY 2021 Stormwater Management Fee Assessment]

MR. CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS BEEN USING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE COLLECTION OF STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICE SINCE 2014.

THIS ASSESSMENT IS AN EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHOD OF ALLOCATING AND COLLECTING THE STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEES ASSESSED COST AMONG ALL THE PARCELS IN THE CITY.

THE RATE PER EQUIVALENT FOR RESIDENTIAL UNIT OR ERU FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 IS ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY THREE CENTS.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF THREE DOLLARS AND NINETY THREE CENTS OR THREE PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR CODE OF ORDINANCES.

STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVE THE RATE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION AT THE JULY 8, 2020 PRELIMINARY STORM WATER MANAGEMENT FEE ASSESSMENT RATE HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISED FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THANK YOU.

MR. CITY ATTORNEY, PLEASE READ THE TITLE INTO THE RECORD.

GLADLY. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

FOR THE RECORD, THIS IS TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13467, WHICH IS A STORM WATER MANAGEMENT FEE ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION FOR THE RECORD.

IT IS A RESOLUTION, STILL THE RESOLUTION.

CITY COMMISSION, THE CITY TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE LEVEE AND COLLECTION OF THE CITY'S STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE WITHIN THE MUNICIPAL BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 1, 2020.

APPROVING, CONFIRMING AND ADOPTING THE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE AND STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE ROLL, PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE LEVEE AND COLLECTION OF THE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE AND THE ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. THE MATTER IS NOW THE FLOOR AND HEARING FOR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU FOR THE READ. I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

WE WILL NOW HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE INTERIM FINANCES SERVICES DIRECTOR CHRISTINE CAJUSTE. THANK YOU MAYOR.

SO GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN, EVERYONE.

SO TR 13467 IS OUR FY 2021 STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITY FEE ASSESSMENT.

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THE INITIAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT FEE ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 8, 2020 BY THIS COMMISSION.

GET SOME PRETZELS. NO. BY THE SUN SENTINEL ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

TR 13467 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL STORM WATER MANAGEMENT UTILITIES FEE ASSESSMENT FOR FY 2021. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AS MENTIONED BY THE CITY MANAGER, THE RATE PER EQUIVALENT UNIT IS THIS YEAR IS ONE THIRTY FIVE POINT FIVE THREE, WHICH COVERS THE COST OF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THE SYSTEM, PLUS THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS FROM FEES THAT ARE BILLED BY THE COUNTY.

THE ESTIMATED GROSS REVENUE IS SIX POINT FIVE MILLION, NET OF EXEMPT BUY DOWN OF APPROXIMATELY THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FOUR, TWO HUNDRED AND SIX DOLLARS, RESULTING IN AN ESTIMATED NET REVENUE OF SIX POINT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

THE RATE WILL COVER THE FULL COST OF PROVIDING STORM WATER MANAGEMENT SERVICES WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMARAC. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND THAT ENDS THAT PRESENTATION.

I WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU. FLOOR IS OPEN FOR ANY QUESTIONS FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

ALRIGHT, SEEING NONE, I WILL OPEN A PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION, ON HEARING TEMPORARILY RESOLUTION.

NUMBER 13467.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN.

THERE'S NO ONE FOR THIS EVENING MA'AM, NONE ON THIS ITEM.

EXCELLENT.

TEMPORARY. NO, PULBIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED.

I'LL ENTERTAIN MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13467.

MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13467 ESTABLISHING THE STORM WATER UTILITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FEE ASSESSMENT RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

SECOND. ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION? SEEING NONE, CITY CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

NO. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES.

TR 13467 PASSES FOUR TO ONE.

THANK YOU. TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13468.

[3. TR13468 - FY 2021 Solid Waste Assessment]

MR. CITY MANAGER PLEASE READ THE STATEMENT.

THANK YOU MADAM MAYOR.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC HAS BEEN USING A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES SINCE 2013.

THIS IS ASSESSMENT IS EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT METHOD OF ALLOCATING AND COLLECTING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESS COST AMONG SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TYPE PARCELS. THE RESIDENTIAL RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 IS TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EIGHT DOLLARS AND SEVENTY FIVE CENTS PER RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNIT RECEIVING CURBSIDE PICKUP WHICH IS NO CHARGE, NO CHANGE FROM FISCAL YEAR 2020 AND INCLUDES THE COST OF FOR RECYCLING SERVICES APPROVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION.

STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVE THE RATE THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED AND APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION OF THE JULY 8, 2020 PRELIMINARY SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISED FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 16, 2020 . THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. MR. CITY ATTORNEY WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE TITLE INTO THE RECORD.

A PLEASURE, MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS TEMPORARY SOLUTION NUMBER 13468 IS AGAIN THE 2021 FISCAL YEAR SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENTS DESCRIBED BY OUR CITY MANAGER.

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA.

APPROVING THE ASSESSMENT RATE FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1 OF 2020, IMPOSING A RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION ASSESSMENT AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY TAMARAC, BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA. FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING ON OCTOBER 1 OF 2020, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

THE MATTER IS ON THE FLOOR MAYOR AND COMMISSION FOR YOUR REVIEW, CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, WE WILL HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM FINANCIAL

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SERVICES DIRECTOR CHRISTINE CAJUSTE.

GOOD EVENING AGAIN, EVERYONE. TR 13468 IS FISCAL YEAR 2021 SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. THE INITIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED BY THIS COMMISSION ON JULY 8, 2020.

THIS WAS PUBLISHED, THE TRIM NOTICES BEGINNING ON AUGUST 12, 2020, AND A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED IN THE SUN SENTENTIAL ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

TR 13468 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. THE ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL RATE IS TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EIGHT DOLLARS AND SEVENTY FIVE CENTS, NO INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR AND IT COVERS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES THAT HAVE CURBSIDE PICKUP.

THE ESTIMATED TOTAL ASSESSMENT IS FIVE POINT ZERO MILLION DOLLARS AND PROVIDES FUNDING TO COVER THE COST OF SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES FOR SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, I.E.

THAT CURBSIDE PICKUP, INCLUDING THE COST OF THE CITY'S FRANCHISE FEES, DISPOSAL FEES THAT WE PAY TO WHEELABRATOR AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES, INCLUDING COLLECTION AND BILLING FEES THAT WE PAY TO BROWARD COUNTY BCPA.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. WITH THAT SHORT PRESENTATION, I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR MY COLLEGES? I'M NOT SEEING ANYBODY.

SO AT THIS TIME, I'M GOING TO OPEN UP A PUBLIC HEARING ON A TEMPORARY NUMBER 13468.

PUBLIC HEARINGS I HAVE NO COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM MADAM MAYOR.

I'M NOW CLOSING THE PUBLIC HEARING.

I NEED A MOTION ON TEMPORARY SOLUTION 13468.

MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13468 ESTABLISHING THE RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE SERVICES ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

SECOND THE MOTION.

THANK YOU. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, MADAM CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

NO. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. THE MOTION PASSES TR 13468 FOUR TO ONE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NOW MOVING ON TO TEMPORARY RESOLUTION 13469.

[4. TR13469 - FY 2021 Nuisance Abatement Assessment]

MR. CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. IN 2012, THE CITY COMMISSION ADOPTED THE PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT ORDINANCE. AS A PART OF THAT ORDINANCE, THE CITY COMMISSION AUTHORIZED THE USE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR AMOUNTS BILLED, BUT UNPAID AS OF JUNE, 1 OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING THE ABATEMENT OF THE PUBLIC NUISANCE.

THE CITY DATED TEN PUBLIC NUISANCES BETWEEN JUNE 1, 2019 AND MAY 31, 2020 ON SIX PROPERTIES.

THE AMOUNT OF DELINQUENT AS OF THIS DATE, CITY STAFF HAS PREPARED WITH SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AGAINST EACH PROPERTY WITH UNSETTLED LIENS, THE TOTAL OF WHICH IS FIVE THOUSAND FIFTY ONE DOLLARS AND SIXTY EIGHT CENTS TO BE COLLECTED ON THE TAX BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

THIS IS THE 8TH YEAR USING THIS TYPE OF ASSESSMENT.

STAFF RECOMMENDS THE CITY COMMISSION APPROVE THE ASSESSMENT THAT WAS APPROVED FOR PUBLICATION ON THE JULY 8, 2020 PRELIMINARY PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT HEARING AND SUBSEQUENTLY ADVERTISED FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THANK YOU, MR. CITY ATTORNEY. PLEASE READ THE TITLE INTO THE RECORD.

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

IF YOU WILL, THIS IS TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13469 REFERENCE THIS FISCAL YEAR 2021 NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT TO RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF NUISANCE ABATEMENT ON CERTAIN REAL PROPERTIES BY THE CITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER NINE ARTICLE TWO, DIVISION FIVE OF THE CITY'S CODE OF ORDINANCES.

APPROVING THE COLLECTION OF A NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ON REAL PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY BENEFITED BY THE CITY'S ABATEMENT OF NUISANCES THEREON.

APPROVING A NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT ROLL PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

THE MATTER IS NOW ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. AND WE'LL HEAR A SHORT PRESENTATION FROM THE INTERIM FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR CHRISTINE CAJUSTE. GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN, EVERYONE.

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SO TR 13469 IS OUR FY 2021 NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT.

BETWEEN JUNE 1, 2019 AND MAY 31, 2020 CODE ENFORCEMENT, ABATED NUISANCES IN 10 INSTANCES ON SIX PROPERTY AT A COST OF TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS.

CITY STAFF IN COMPLYING WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, INCLUDING ALL NOTICES, COLLECTION EFFORTS WHERE THE INVOICING AND OTHER EFFORTS TO COLLECT THESE SUM.

TR 13469 ESTABLISHES THE FINAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. THE INITIAL NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT WAS ESTABLISHED ON JULY 8, 2020 ON SIX PROPERTIES FOR A TOTAL OF FIVE THOUSAND AND FIFTY ONE DOLLARS AND SIXTY EIGHT CENTS. THE INITIAL ABATEMENT WAS PUBLISHED VIA TRIM BEGINNING ON AUGUST 12, 2020 AND A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WAS PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 16, 2020.

NO PROPERTY PROVIDED PAYMENTS DURING THE INTERVENING PERIOD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS SLIDE SHOWS A LIST OF THE PROPERTIES THAT WERE ABATED AND ARE SUBJECT TO THIS NUISANCE ABATEMENT.

WE HAVE SENT THEM INVOICES.

AND I ALSO WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT TWO PROPERTIES WERE PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO THE NUISANCE ABATEMENT ASSESSMENT IN PRIOR YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. AND AFTER THAT SHORT PRESENTATION, I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE THEN I'M GOING TO OPEN A PUBLIC HEARING FOR A TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13469.

CITY CLERK, IS THERE ANYONE WHO WISHES I HAVE NO COMMENTS FOR THIS ITEM MADAM MAYOR.

EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THE PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED AND I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION ON TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13469.

MOTION TO ADOPT TEMPORARY RESOLUTION NUMBER 13469 ESTABLISHING THE PUBLIC NUISANCE ABATEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

I SECOND. THANK YOU. ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION? SEEING NONE. MADAM CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL. COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

YES. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

YES. VICE MAYOR BOLTON.

YES. MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES. TR 13469 PASSES UNANIMOUSLY FIVE TO ZERO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MOVING TO TEMPORARY ORDINANCE 2434.

[5. TO2434 - FY 2021 Millage Rate Ordinance]

THIS IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR ESTABLISHING OPERATING MILLAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021, A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2437 WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 AT 5:05 P.M.

MR. CITY MANAGER PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES, THE CITY IS REQUIRED TO ANNOUNCE THE PERCENTAGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES AND THE ROLL BACK RATES. AS SUCH, THE FOLLOWING IS READ INTO THE RECORD.

THE PROPOSED OPERATING MILLAGE IS SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021. IS POINT FOUR NINE SIX FOUR MILLS OR SEVEN POINT THREE ONE PERCENT MORE THAN A ROLL BACK RATE OF SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE MILLS.

THAT CONCLUDES MY STATEMENT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THANK YOU.

CITY ATTORNEY WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE TITLE INTO THE RECORD? YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

THE ITEM IS REFERRED TO AS NUMBER FIVE.

THEY'VE USED TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2434 FOR THE PUBLIC RECORD.

IT IS THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 MILLAGE RATE ORDINANCE.

MILLAGE DRIVES THE BUDGET.

THIS IS THE FIRST OF THE TWO.

IN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, TO ESTABLISH AND TO LEVY AD VALOREM TAXES WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, FOR THE TAX YEAR 2020.

PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF AD VALOREM TAXES IN THE AMOUNT OF SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS, WHICH IS SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE DOLLARS PER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN VALUE BASED UPON THE TAXABLE VALUE ON NONEXEMPT, REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA.

PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND FINALLY PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. FIRST READING ON THE FLOOR MILLAGE ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'LL OPEN IT UP FOR ANY QUESTIONS FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

COMMISSIONERS DO WE HAVE ANYTHING? SEEING NONE, I WILL OPEN A PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2434.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN.

IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING, MADAM CLERK, WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT HAVE REQUESTED TO BE CALLED SO WE CAN HAVE THE IT DEPARTMENT CONTACT VALERIE HARPER

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FIRST.

I ALREADY HAVE UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW JOINING.

YOU CAN SAY THAT SHE MAY DISCLOSE HER ADDRESS.

MAY IS THE PROPER WORD, MA'AM.

NAME NOT JUST FOR THE RECORD.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO.

I KNOW WE HAVE IT ON RECORD ALREADY.

ZERO THREE NORTH WEST FIFTY FIRST TERRACE IN TAMARAC.

I AM RELATIVELY NEW TO THE AREA.

I LIVE HERE IN MANOR PARK.

I'LL BE HERE A YEAR.

I HAD RECEIVED THE INFORMATION IN THE MAIL ABOUT THE POSSIBLE INCREASE IN THE TAXES AND I WAS CONCERNED.

I FEEL THAT AS A HOMEOWNER, ESPECIALLY DURING THIS TIME WITH THE PANDEMIC, FACING AS A COMMUNITY, THAT PERHAPS SOME OF THESE TAXES COULD NOT BE AS HIGH AS THEY ARE.

IT'S GOING TO HURT A LOT OF FAMILIES.

AND, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGES.

SOME PEOPLE MAY BE FACING EVICTION, FORECLOSURES.

SO I WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, CALLING TO SEE IF YOU CAN, I DO ACKNOWLEDGE AND KNOW THAT YOU PROBABLY HAVE TO DO THINGS FOR THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

BUT IF YOU CAN THINK ABOUT WHAT ALL OF US ARE GOING THROUGH AS A COMMUNITY, AND I GUESS THAT'S ABOUT IT.

MS. HARPER THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I DO APOLOGIZE.

I MISSED THE PRESENTATION, DIDN'T I? YEAH MS. HARPER, WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO, I'M GOING TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION RIGHT NOW. WE'LL REOPEN IT, BUT OUR INTERIM FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR WILL BE PRESENTING WHAT THE MILLAGE RATE IS ABOUT AND SOME OF THIS INFORMATION.

SO IF YOU WISH TO SPEAK AGAIN, WE'LL CALL YOU BACK.

OK. ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND I KIND OF GO BACK OVER TO OUR INTERIM FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR AND PARTICIPANT IS NOW EXITING.

GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN, EVERYONE.

AS I STATED BEFORE, THIS IS THE FIRST OF TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS TODAY, SEPTEMBER 14, AND THE SECOND PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 29.

2020. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

TEMPORARY ORDINANCE 2434 ESTABLISHES THE MILLAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THE PROPOSED GENERAL OPERATING MILLAGE RATE IS SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS.

THIS MILLAGE RATE PROVIDES FOR GENERAL OPERATION OF THE CITY AND ONLY MAINTAINS OUR LEVEL OF SERVICE. IT EXCEEDS THE ROLLBACK RATE, AS STATED EARLIER OF SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE MILLS BY FOUR POINT NINE SIX FOUR MILLS OR SEVEN POINT THIRTY ONE PERCENT.

NOW FOR THIS PRESENTATION, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR CAPABLE BUDGET MANAGER JEFF JEFF? THANK YOU CHRISTINE.

GOOD AFTERNOON MADAM MAYOR, VICE MAYOR BOLTON AND COMMISSION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE OF SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS, WHICH IS WHAT THE ORDINANCE IS PROPOSING AT THIS TIME.

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IT WOULD SUPPORT THE COMMISSION'S PRIORITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021, AS CHRISTINE STATED EARLIER, IT ONLY MAINTAINS SERVICE LEVELS AND TWO STAFF, TWO PART TIME STAFF IN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND THOSE TWO PART TIME STAFFING POSITIONS ARE PARK RANGERS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS UTILIZES APPROPRIATED FUND BALANCE ONLY.

SO WHAT THIS MEANS IS THERE'S NO FY 21.

NEXT SLIDE TAMARAC. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU CAN GLEAN FROM THIS CHART IS LAST TIME WE HAD A WE DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT WITHOUT ANY CONCRETE INFORMATION WHAT EFFECT THE PANDEMIC IN THE END IS GONNA HAVE.

JOB LOSS, FORECLOSURES, EVICTIONS, ANY OF THAT.

SO WE HAVE NO IDEA IF THERE'S GOING TO BE MAGNITUDE MIGHT BE.

BUT WHAT WE'RE DOING JUST AS REALLY ASSUME WE'RE GONNA HIT NEGATIVE VALUE.

WHAT WE DID IN THAT FORECAST FOR 22 AND 23 IS WE'RE JUST HOLDING THE TAXABLE VALUE THE BUDGET AS I STATED EARLIER, THE BUDGET FOR 21 IS ZERO INCREASE TAXABLE VALUE FOR 22 AND 23.

THE CITY SAW AN INCREASE LAST YEAR OF THE ACTUAL CITY TOTAL TAXABLE VALUE INCREASES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HAVE RANGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 10 PERCENT.

BUT NOW, WE ARE NO LONGER LIVING IN TIMES WHERE YEAR OVER YEAR GROWTH IN TOTAL TAXABLE VALUE CAN JUST AUTOMATICALLY BE ASSUMED WILL OCCUR.

WE WON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHAT HOW IT'S GOING TO IMPACT TAXABLE VALUE UNTIL WE GET A LOT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ECONOMIC CHANGES, FORECLOSURES, JOB LOSSES, ALL OF THAT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. THIS CHART SHOWS WHAT THE REQUIRED CALCULATING MILLAGE RATES WERE TO COMPLY WITH THE MAXIMUM MILLAGE LEVY LIMITATIONS OF TRIM.

THIS CHART IS NO DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU WERE SHOWED ON JULY 8TH.

JUST REITERATING THAT THE ROLL BACK RATE IS SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE AND THE SEVERAL TIMES THIS SHOWS THE NUMBER OF PROPERTIES IN VARIOUS TAX LEVIES.

THIS IS NO CHANGE AGAIN FROM WHAT YOU SAW ON THE 8TH OF JULY.

THE POINT HERE IS THAT YOU HAVE SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS.

OR APPROXIMATELY 62 PERCENT OF PROPERTIES WILL BE LEVIED BETWEEN NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. HERE WE HAVE BASED ON THE FY 2020 BUDGET IN THE 2019 TAX YEAR 2019 ASSESSMENTS.

THIS COMPARES TAMARAC WITH OTHER BASED ON INFORMATION FROM ABOUT THE 2020 BUDGETS AND 2019 ASSESSMENT YEARS.

THE CITY OF TAMARAC IS THE SEVENTH LOWEST WHEN IT COMES TO LEVIED

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.

CITIES IN TERMS OF THE AVERAGE TAXES LEVIED ON A SINGLE FAMILY THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME IF YOU WOULD RECALL FROM JULY 8TH, WHAT I POINTED OUT WAS TAMARAC IS THE FOURTH LOWEST IF YOU CONSIDER JULY ONE CERTIFIED TAXABLE VALUES IN FY 2020 IT PUTS TAMARAC AT THE FOURTH LOWEST TAXES LEVIED ON THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME.

ACTUALLY HAD A HIGHER OPERATING MILLAGE THAN TAMARAC.

IN TERMS OF TAXES LEVIED ON THE AVERAGE CONDOMINIUM, TAMARAC COMES IN AT SIXTH LOWEST IF YOU TAKE A LOOK, IT'S A COMBINATION OF MILLAGE RATE VALUE.

RIGHT HERE IS AN EXAMPLE, THIS DRIVING THIS LOWER TAXES ON A CONDO, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MUCH HIGHER AVERAGE TAXABLE CONTINUITY VALUE.

IN ALL THE OTHER CASES, THOUGH, IT'S REALLY THE VALUES OF THE CONDOMINIUMS THAT ARE CHEAPENING THE TAXES ON AN AVERAGE CONDOMINIUM THE NEXT TWO SLIDES COMPARE TAMARAC TO ALL THE OTHER BROWARD COUNTY CITIES IN RELATION TO OPERATING MILLAGE RATE BEING PROPOSED IN RELATION TO THE ROLL BACK RATE.

AND WHAT YOU'LL NOTICE HERE IS ON THIS FIRST SLIDE, ALL OF THESE CITIES, ALL OF THESE CITIES ON THE FIRST SLIDE ARE INCREASING OVER THE ROLL BACK RATE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THE ONLY CITY THAT WOULD BE GOING TO ROLL BACK RATE, BASED ON INFORMATION, SOUTHWEST RANCHES. ALL THE OTHERS, ALL THE OTHERS CITIES ARE PROPOSING BACK RATE FOR THEIR OPERATING MILLAGE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THESE NEXT TWO SLIDES ARE INTENDED TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DISCUSSION THAT CAME UP TO ME IN JULY 8TH. HEARING THEN THE JULY 8TH PRELIMINARY MILLAGE RATE.

THE FOCUS HERE WILL BE THE FAR RIGHT COLUMN, WHICH SHOWS WHAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING A SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLAGE RATE ON AVERAGE, SINGLE FAMILY HOME VALUE, THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME VALUE FOR TAMARAC WAS ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE.

TAXABLE VALUE WAS ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

FOR THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY ROOM.

THERE WOULD BE A THIRTY FIVE DOLLAR AND EIGHTY TWO CENT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING A SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLAGE RATE AND A SEVEN POINT ZERO ONE TWO THREE MILLAGE RATE. THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS AND EIGHTY TWO CENTS IS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

SO FOR THE WHOLE YEAR, YOU'D SAVE A PROPERTY THAT HAD AN AVERAGE SINGLE HOME TAXABLE VALUE THIRTY SIX DOLLARS A YEAR.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE WOULD CREATE A FURTHER LOSS IN THE GENERAL FUND OF ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN DOLLARS.

KEEP IN MIND WE'RE ALREADY LOSING OTHER

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NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS SHOWS THE SAME ANALYSIS NINE AND BY ADOPTING THE ROLL BACK RATE, THE SAVINGS THAT YOU WOULD GIVE EVERY SINGLE FAMILY HOME OWNER IN TAMARAC IS SIXTY FOUR DOLLARS AND FIVE CENTS.

YOU CAN SEE WHAT ALL THE OTHER SAVINGS ARE FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT VARIOUS VALUES. SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ACTUALLY, NO, NO, NO, GO BACK.

I'M SORRY.

THERE'S ONE OTHER POINT I WANTED TO MAKE FURTHER LOSS IN GENERAL FUND REVENUES OF OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS, AND YOU WOULD SAVE DOLLARS AND 27 CENTS TO ONE HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY THREE CENTS FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. SO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF TODAY'S PUBLIC HEARING FOR THIS TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, THE COMMISSION MUST ADOPT A TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE BEFORE THE DISCUSSION OF THE TENTATIVE BUDGET.

AGAIN RESTATING FOR GENERAL OPERATION, THE PROPOSED OPERATING MILLAGE RATE IS AT SEVEN POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS.

THIS MILLAGE RATE WILL AGAIN BE CONSIDERED A NOT TO EXCEED RATE FOR THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING WHICH IS SET FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 5:05.

BUDGET AD SEPTEMBER 27, 2020.

NEXT SLIDE. THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU, SO PROCEDURALLY NOW WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK TO ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION AT THIS TIME. AT THIS TIME, I'M NOT SEEING ANYONE, SO I'M GOING TO REOPEN OUR PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2434 AND I'M GOING TO ASK MADAM CLERK, IF YOU CAN ASK, TO HAVE MS. VALERIE HARPER RECALLED JUST IN CASE SHE HAS ANY COMMENTS SINCE THAT PRESENTATION.

MADAM MAYOR, SHE DID ASK TO BE CALLED AGAIN.

OK, THANK YOU.

HELLO? UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW JOINING.

GOOD EVENING AGAIN, MS. HARPER.

MY APOLOGIES AND THE FLOOR IS YOURS, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

YES, I CAN. OK.

MY APOLOGIES.

OK, MAY I SPEAK NOW? YES PLEASE. OK.

HELLO. MY NAME IS VALERIE HARPER AND I LIVE AT FIVE ONE ZERO THREE NORTH WEST, 51ST I LIVE IN A HOUSING UNIT OR HOUSING AREA CALLED MANOR PARK, WHICH IS RELATIVELY NEW.

I HAVE RECEIVED IN THE MAIL THE PROPOSALS REGARDING THE MILLAGE INCREASE WITH FOR THE TAXES. I UNDERSTAND THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITIES TO THRIVE IN HAVE TO BE, YOU KNOW, LOOKED AT AND INCREASE FROM TIME TO TIME.

HOWEVER, WE ARE GOING THROUGH A PANDEMIC AND MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY THIS.

MANY PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS.

THEY'VE LOST THEIR INCOME.

THEY HAVE TO GO OUT AND TAKE OTHER JOBS.

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THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR BILLS.

SOME PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER OF ACTUALLY LOSING THEIR HOMES TO FORECLOSURES OR EVICTIONS.

SO WITH ALL OF THIS GOING ON AND ALL OF US LIVE HERE IN TAMARAC AND I LOVE IT HERE MYSELF, I'M A RETIREE.

WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN PROBLEMS. BUT I THINK THAT MAYBE YOU GUYS CAN MAYBE CONSIDER NOT MAKING THE TAXESTHIS YEAR. YOU KNOW, I'M SURE YOU CAN DO AN INCREASE, BUT MAYBE NOT AS HIGH, MAYBE AND I THINK THAT THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY FOR NOW.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH MS. HARPER. OK, THANK YOU, BYE.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. MS. CITY CLERK, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, WE HAVE ANOTHER CALLER.

WE DO. MR. LUIS LOPEZ.

UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW EXITING.

UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW JOINING.

GOOD EVENING MR. LOPEZ. MR. LOPEZ? MR. LOPEZ, CAN YOU HEAR US? LEVENT ARE WE HAVING CONNECTION ISSUES? MR. LOPEZ. I THINK HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT HEARING HIM SPEAK.

AT THIS TIME, CITY ATTORNEY, PROPER PROCEDURE PLEASE.

TO THE EXTENT MAYOR, CAN YOU HEAR ME OK? YOU'VE MADE EVERY REASONABLE EFFORT TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC SPEAKER, YOU'VE OFFERED UP ALL OPTIONS, I SUSPECT, WHETHER IT BE FACEBOOK LIVE OR EMAIL OR CALL AND MADAM CLERK YOU'VE CONSULTED WITH OUR I.T.

DIRECTOR WHOSE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SPEAKER.

CORRECT? WE DON'T HAVE A NAME, I DON'T BELIEVE, OR DO WE HAVE A NAME OF THE SPEAKER FOR THE RECORD? YES, CITY ATTORNEY.

HIS NAME IS LUIS LOPEZ.

LEVENT SAYS THAT HE IS CONNECTED.

WE DID HEAR SOMEONE JOIN THE MEETING, BUT HE CAN'T SEEM TO HEAR US.

I CAN CERTAINLY REACH TO HIM BY EMAIL.

IF POSSIBLE. THAT MAY BE AN OPTION TO LET MR. LOPEZ KNOW THAT THAT'S AN OPTION, IF HE CAN ACCESS THAT METHOD, THAT PLATFORM.

CAN WE DISCONNECT THEM AND RECONNECT WITH THEM? I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY.

UNKNOWN PARTICIPANT IS NOW EXITING.

SO HE'S ALREADY EXITED ON HIS OWN.

AND AT THIS TIME, WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IS I'M GOING TO CALL A 10 MINUTE RECESS TO ALLOW US TO HAVE TIME TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT TO MR. LOPEZ. IT IS 6:05, WE WILL RESUME AT 6:15.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME BACK.

WE ARE BACK ON THE RECORD FOR OUR VIRTUAL BUDGET MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 14, AND WE ARE LOOKING TO CONNECT TO WITH MR. LUIS LOPEZ. HE'S GOING TO TRY AND EMAIL US HIS COMMENT.

HE COULD HEAR US JUST FINE.

WE COULD NOT HEAR HIM.

OK, SO I'M JUST WAITING TO SEE IF HIS EMAIL COMES THROUGH.

OK, SO AT THIS TIME THERE'S NO ONE ELSE THAT HAS ANY COMMENTS.

INSTEAD OF WAITING, I'M GOING TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC COMMENTS, IF HIS EMAIL COMES IN, WE'LL

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REOPEN IT TO HAVE HIS READ INTO THE RECORD AND THEN WE'LL CLOSE IT.

OK, SO AT THIS TIME, PUBLIC COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.

AND I NEED A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE PLEASE.

MADAM MAYOR, I DON'T THINK I HEARD A CALL FOR DISCUSSION FROM THE COMMISSION.

IF YOU DID, I'M SO SORRY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE HEARD.

WE DID CALL FOR IT AT THE BEGINNING.

BUT AFTER THE MOTION THERE'S A CALL AGAIN.

SO I GET A MOTION AND A SECOND THEN WE CAN HAVE, YOU'LL BE FIRST ON THAT.

ALL RIGHT. A MOTION TO SET THE MILLAGE RATE.

WE WOULD HAVE ALREADY SET THE MILLAGE RATE.

MADAM MAYOR, IF I MAY, ACTUALLY THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION AS READ.

THAT'S THE ITEM BEFORE THE COMMISSION ON THE FLOOR.

IT'S AN ORDINANCE NOT A RESOLUTION, IT'S THE ORDINANCE.

IT'S THE MILLAGE ORDINANCE WHICH IS ON THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION.

WITH THEREIN LIES THE MILLAGE RATE, BUT IT IS THE ORDINANCE WHICH IS THE FRAMEWORK UPON WHICH THE MILLAGE IS BASED. THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER.

IT'S A DISCUSSION NOW, IT'S A DISCUSSION LATER, JUST HAVING THE MOTION ALREADY ON THERE, SO WE CAN.

MOVE THIS PLEASE.

MOTION TO DISCUSS. A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE.

I NEED A SECOND. SECOND.

THANK YOU. VICE MAYOR? OK, IS THE FINANCE DIRECTOR AGAIN, OR MR. SLATER CAN JUST REITERATE HOW MUCH REVENUE WE GET FROM THE CURRENT MILLAGE RATE AND HOW MUCH REVENUE WE WOULD LOSE IF WE GO TO THE ROLL BACK RATE? COMMISSIONER, I SAID IT BY MR. SIXTY SIX AND WE WILL LOSE YES. SAY IT AGAIN PLEASE. THIRTY MILLION SIX FIFTY THREE FOUR SIXTY SIX.

OK. AND WE WILL LOSE TWO MILLION ZERO EIGHTY SEVEN THREE TWENTY FOUR IF WE GO TO THE ROLLBACK RATE. SO THE ROLLBACK RATE WOULD BE YIELD ABOUT TWENTY EIGHT MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED SOMETHING.

IT'S TWENTY EIGHT MILLION FIVE SIXTY SIX ONE FORTY TWO.

OK, AND THERE'S TWO MILLION DOLLARS SPREAD OUT.

FOR THE TAXABLE HOMES, I KNOW THAT BEHIND THE SCENES.

MADAM FINANCE DIRECTOR.

YOU AND I AND THE CITY MANAGER HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OR RESEARCHING JUST HOW MANY TAXABLE HOMES ARE IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC.

SO LOOKING AT THE TAXABLE HOMES IN THE CITY OF TAMARAC, THIS TWO MILLION DOLLARS, WHAT WOULD RESIDENTS SAVE? HOW MUCH PER RESIDENT? ON THEIR TAX BILL.

OK. AND THEN ON THAT SLIDE, AND JEFF IF YOU WANT TO GO OVER THIS SLIDE, BUT RESIDENTS WILL SAVE IF WE GO TO THE ROLLBACK RATE, THEY WILL SAVE ANYWHERE FROM 13 DOLLARS AND 27 CENTS AT THE LOWEST VALUE PROPERTY TO ONE TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY THREE CENTS FOR THE HIGHEST PROPERTY.

AND THOSE PROPERTIES THAT ARE VALUED BETWEEN THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND. IF THE PROPERTIES ARE THE THE RANGE OF THE SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND TO THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND.

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ALL RIGHT, SO THE HOUSES AT FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH IS A MAXIMUM, THOSE HOUSES, WOULD SAVE ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY THREE CENTS PER YEAR.

CORRECT. OK, SO ESSENTIALLY.

EACH HOUSE, EACH HOME WOULD SAVE ABOUT 10 DOLLARS AND 62 CENTS.

PER MONTH. CORRECT.

SO JUST TO UNDERSTAND, IF WE GO TO THE ROLLBACK RATE.

THE HIGHEST, THE MOST THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE IN TAMARAC, REGARDLESS OF WHERE IT IS, WOULD SAVE TEN DOLLARS AND 62 CENTS PER MONTH.

THAT IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. ON THE CITY OF TAMARAC OPERATING MILLAGE TAXES, YES.

OK. NOW, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT CDD FEES? LET'S SAY, FOR INSTANCE, THE MS. HARPER THAT CALLED IN, SHE HAS CDD FEES.

EDUCATE ME, MS. CAJUSTE, HOW DO CDD FEES WORK? CAN WE AS A CITY REMOVE IT? WELL, I KIND OF REFER TO THE ATTORNEY ON THIS, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT A CDD IS A SEPARATE LEGAL ENTITY.

IT IS A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY AND WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE OPERATIONS OF THE CDD.

AND IF IT PLEASES YOU, MADAM MAYOR, IF THE CITY ATTORNEY COULD GIVE ME A MORE IN-DEPTH ANSWER. CITY ATTORNEY IF YOU WOULD PLEASE.

YES, MAYOR AND COMMISSION.

YES, MR. VICE MAYOR. GOOD EVENING, THE SPECIAL DISTRICT THAT SHE'S REFERRING TO THAT CHRISTINE REFERS TO IS A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.

IT WAS ESTABLISHED INITIALLY BY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY.

IT IS UNDER STATE STATUTE, A SEPARATE AND DISTINCT LEGAL ENTITY, WHICH SHE'S CORRECT IN ASSUMING FOR DISCUSSION THIS EVENING.

THE CITY COMMISSION HAS NO LEGAL CONTROL OVER IT.

THE BASIS FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WAS PERFORMED ON THOSE PROPERTIES WAS AN INDUCED OBLIGATION THAT WAS PROVIDED FOR WHEN THE CDD WAS FORMED, THEIR FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS AND OTHER OBLIGATIONS ON THOSE PROPERTIES WHICH WERE IMPOSED UPON ACQUISITION.

AND IT'S MY OPINION THAT THE CITY COMMISSION WOULD HAVE LITTLE OR NO BASIS TO CHANGE ANYTHING BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO LEGAL RIGHT TO DO THAT WITH REGARD TO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CDD. THOSE FEES, COST ASSESSMENTS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES WERE SIMPLY AN EXPRESSION OF WHAT THE STATE STATUTE PERMITS.

AND THAT BODY IS NOT YOU.

THAT BODY IS NOT THE CITY COMMISSION AND HAS INDEPENDENT RIGHTS UNDER STATE LAW TO DO WHAT IT DOES AND CAN DO ON A YEARLY BASIS AT SOME FUTURE MOMENT.

OF COURSE, AS WE KNOW FROM THE DISCUSSION WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST, THE CDD WILL EXPIRE OVER TIME AND THEREFORE THAT WILL BE NO LONGER A LEGAL ENTITY.

BUT THE OBLIGATIONS IMPOSED BY IT TRANSCEND OR SURVIVE THIS COMMISSION'S ABILITY TO MAKE A CHANGE. THAT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION AS WELL.

ALL RIGHT.

MR. CITY ATTORNEY, ANOTHER QUESTION FOR YOU.

COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, THE COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES SO TO SPEAK GAVE A 12 HUNDRED DOLLAR STIMULUS CHECK.

AND. PEOPLE DID AT WILL WITH THEIR STIMULUS CHECK, IT WAS THEIRS.

SOME PEOPLE, SOME ANALYSTS SAY IT'S AN ADVANCE ON THEIR NEXT YEAR'S TAXES, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE WEEDS OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

BUT WHAT I WANT TO ASK YOU IS, LET'S SAY THERE IS THERE ARE COMMUNITIES LIKE CENTRAL PARK, I'M JUST READING OFF THE COMMUNITIES THAT WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO HIRE RATE HOUSES.

WOODLANDS.

IS IT ILLEGAL FOR A MUNICIPALITY TO SEND A STIMULUS CHECK, SO TO SPEAK, FROM

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GENERAL FUNDS? AS A MATTER OF COMPENSATION TO ANY HOUSE THAT HAS A TAXABLE VALUE OF, SAY, THREE HUNDRED TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD.

I'M JUST ASKING THE HYPOTHETICAL.

THANK YOU. YOU RAISE A VERY UNIQUE QUESTION AND ONE WHICH WAS CERTAINLY AS IS EMBRACING OF AN OPTION THAT UNFORTUNATELY DOES NOT EXIST UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, UNDER CHAPTER 166 AND ANYTHING IN BETWEEN WHERE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COULD, IN FACT, PROVIDE SUCH REBATES OR SOME OTHER.

STIMULUS CHECK, OR REFUND OR REBATE, AGAIN, IT'S NOT AN IRREVERENT CONCEPT, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE'S NO PREMISE OR BASIS FOR IT IN THE CONSTITUTION OR THE STATUTE THAT GOVERNS MUNICIPAL HOME RULE AND THAT CREATES THE CHALLENGE.

I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TRY TO FIND THAT HOOK TO HANG THE HAT, BUT I'M NOT AWARE THAT'S A HOOK TO HANG A HAT ON. AND THAT'S UNFORTUNATELY THE TRUTHFUL ANSWER.

ONE MORE THING, IF I CAN, MR. VICE MAYOR. WE'VE HAD THESE DISCUSSIONS IN THE PAST.

EQUITY AND PARITY WITH REGARD TO TAXATION IS REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION SO THAT WHEN YOU BEGIN TO USE GENERAL REVENUE FUNDS OR GENERAL FUND DOLLARS TO TRY TO OFFSET THE PROBLEM WITH ASSESSMENTS HAVE TO BE VALUES HAVE TO BE ACROSS THE BOARD EQUAL AND HANDLED IN SOME FASHION. IT CREATES A MULTIPLE SET OF CHALLENGES THAT ANY ONE OF WHICH YOU AND I TONIGHT OR EVEN YOUR COLLEAGUES CAN OVERCOME.

AND THAT MAY NOT BE THE ANSWER THAT YOU WOULD EMBRACE TO HEAR FROM ME, BUT IT'S THE ONLY ONE I CAN GIVE YOU, GIVEN MY KNOWLEDGE OF HOW THOSE TWO INTERESTS WORK.

OK, SO WE DON'T HAVE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO GET RID OF THE CDD.

WE CANNOT SEND A STIMULUS CHECK, SO TO SPEAK, TO RESIDENTS WHO MAY NEED IT BECAUSE THEIR TAXES ARE TOO HIGH.

THEN HERE IS SCENARIO NUMBER THREE.

JUST THE OTHER DAY.

WE SENT RESIDENTS HELP THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

SOME MONEY BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS, THEY MAY HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS.

AND SO. LET ME ASK YOU THEN, HOW DIFFERENT IS THAT PROCESS FROM THE SCENARIO THAT I JUST BROUGHT UP? IF WE IF WE COULD HAVE GIVEN RESIDENTS MONEY FROM THE GENERAL FUND THROUGH AN APPLICATION PROCESS SINCE THEY WERE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS, HOW WAS IT THEN THAT WE CANNOT SEND A CHECK TO RESIDENTS WHO HAVE A HIGH TAX BILL? I THINK YOU HAVE TO DIVIDE THE QUESTION BETWEEN WHAT IS A TAX BILL AND AD VALOREM TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS FOR TAXES AND VALUATION FROM A SPECIFIC PROGRAM, LIMITED IN SCOPE, LIMITED IN PURPOSE, SPECIFICALLY PIVOTAL, WITH REGARD TO THE TARGETED ENVIRONMENT OF WHO IS TO RECEIVE IT AND FINDING WHAT THIS COMMISSION DID, I REMEMBER BEING THERE DURING THE DISCUSSION FINDING A MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC PURPOSE FOR THAT LIMITED GROUP WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF DOLLARS.

I THINK THAT THEY ARE LEGALLY DISTINGUISHABLE AND I WOULD ARGUE THAT IN THE EVENT THAT THIS COMMISSION WERE TO TRY TO EXPAND THE PANDEMIC RELATED SPECIAL PROJECT RELIEF THAT YOU DESCRIBED TO A TAXATION ISSUE, I THINK WOULD AGAIN RUN AFOUL OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE EQUALITY OF HOW TAXES ARE TO BE ASSESSED AND PAID ALONG WITH WHAT THE OBLIGATIONS ARE OF THE COMMISSION. SO I THINK THAT, TOO, ALTHOUGH I WILL USE THE WORD DEAD ONLY IN THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INQUIRY, IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU A PATHWAY TO THE ANSWER THAT YOU WANT TO HEAR. I WOULD LIKE ME TO GIVE YOU AN I'M NOT TRYING TO BE RESISTANT TO THE POTENTIAL, BUT I CAN'T GET THERE BECAUSE I CAN'T FIND A LEGAL BASIS TO DO SO.

OK, FINAL FINAL HYPOTHETICAL.

THE CITY IS GETTING TWO MILLION AND EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR DOLLARS EXTRA BECAUSE PROPERTY VALUES ARE GOING UP, AND SO AS A RESULT, WE COLLECT MORE

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MONEY THROUGH THE MILLAGE PROCESS ON THE MILLAGE RATE.

COULD WE THEN JUST LIKE HOW WE DID THE OTHER DAY, ALLOCATE TWO MILLION DOLLARS.

IN DESIGNED WHERE I THINK IT WAS THAT WE GAVE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND FROM THE GENERAL FUND, COULD WE THEN TAKE THIS TO THE MILLION DOLLARS AND.

SAY TO THE COMMUNITY, WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE FACED WITH HARD TIMES.

WE NOW HAVE TWO MILLION DOLLARS THAT WE CAN GIVE TO ANYONE THAT IS GOING THROUGH ANY SORT OF HARDSHIP BECAUSE OF COVID? MAY I RESPOND MAYOR? YES CITY ATTORNEY PLEASE DO.

AGAIN, A VERY THOUGHTFUL OFFERING AND PROPOSAL WHICH AGAIN RUNS AFOUL OF THE CONSTITUTION WITH REGARD TO THE FAIRNESS AND EQUITY IN TAXATION.

SO SAM, I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY TO CUT YOU OFF BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE THE SAME ANSWER AS YOU JUST GAVE ME, BUT I WANT TO.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION BEFORE YOU ANSWER.

IT IS THE EXACT SAME SCENARIO UNDER WHICH WE GAVE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS THE OTHER DAY, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TAXES, JUST HAS TO DO WITH NOW THE CITY'S REVENUE BEING INCREASED. NOW WE HAVE MORE MONEY THAT WE CAN SPARE.

AND I'M SAYING JUST LIKE WE GAVE 250000 DOLLARS TO RESIDENTS FROM THE GENERAL FUND JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

CAN WE INCREASE THAT SAID TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, MAKING IT TWO POINT TWO MILLION DOLLARS AND TELL RESIDENTS THAT WE NOW HAVE ENOUGH MONEY, MORE MONEY TO HELP THEM THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIME? YOU WOULD HAVE TO, MADAM MAYOR AND COMMISSION, IF YOU WILL.

YOU WOULD HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE AVAILABLE DOLLARS.

YOU'D HAVE TO EXPAND ON THE POLICY IN THE PROGRAM, FIND THE MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC PURPOSE AND DESTINE FUNDS BASED UPON AN EXPANSION OF YOUR PROGRAM AND PROCESS.

IF THE COMMISSION WERE TO HAVE THE WILL AND THE PLEASURE OF PURSUING THAT OPTION.

THAT'S THAT'S A DIFFERENT QUESTION.

YOU'RE CORRECT. THAT'S A METHODOLOGY WHICH IS NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE PREVIOUS SPECIAL THAT PURPOSE, FINDING ALL OF THE VARIOUS COMPONENTRY AND HOW TO GET TO THE CONCLUSION.

AND THAT THAT'S WHERE THE CHALLENGE WOULD COME IN IN THE CONTEXT OF HOW YOU WOULD OTHERWISE BALANCE THE EQUITIES OF TAX ASSESSMENT AND DOLLARS AND ALL THE THINGS THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT, PLUS THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM.

SO THAT WOULD BE A UNIQUE APPROACH, BUT WOULD BE THOUGHTFULLY POSSIBLE IF THE COMMISSION WERE GOING TO MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION WITH A NUMBER OF CONDITIONS.

OK, SO I WANTED TO BE CLEAR THAT IF THE MILLAGE RATE IS PASSED TONIGHT, AS IS, THEN I WILL BE ADVOCATING FOR TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO BE GIVEN TO TAMARAC RESIDENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF THE FUNDS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID.

SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR.

OBVIOUSLY, THAT IS NOT A CONDITION TO PASSING THE MILLAGE RATE.

HOWEVER, I WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS, OR THE BUDGET AMENDMENT PROCESS TO FIND OUT IF MY COLLEAGUES WOULD BE AMENABLE TO GIVING THAT TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO THE RESIDENTS THAT NEED IT.

NOW, LET'S SAY THAT THE MILLAGE RATE WE DIDN'T ADOPT THE ROLLBACK RATE OF SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE MILLS, BUT LET'S SAY WE WENT UP TO SEVEN POINT ONE MILLS.

MADAM FINANCE DIRECTOR, WOULD YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THE CITY WOULD SAVE, LET'S SAY WE GO TO SEVEN MILLS AND DROP OFF POINT TWO EIGHT NINE NINE MILLS.

THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SEVEN DOLLARS.

OK, SO THEN, OK, SO IT'S A MILLION DOLLARS WE'D LOSE A MILLION DOLLARS, BUT IT WOULD BE A

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SAVING TO THE RESIDENTS THAT HAS THE TAXABLE VALUE HOMES IS THE SAME SCENARIO.

THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND TO FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND HOMES WOULD PROBABLY SAVE HALF OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN DOLLARS AND FIFTY THREE CENTS.

SO ONE TWENTY SEVEN POINT FIVE THREE DIVIDED BY TWO.

THEY WOULD THE HIGHEST THE HIGHEST VALUED HOUSE IN TAMARAC WHERE THE CITY LOSES ONE MILLION DOLLARS WOULD NOW SAVE SIXTY THREE DOLLARS AND SEVENTY SEVEN CENTS.

PER YEAR.

THAT WOULD BE OUR CALCULATION.

IT WOULD BE IT WOULDN'T BE EXACTLY HOW.

IT WOULD BE SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS AND THIRTY TWO CENTS.

SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS AND THIRTY TWO CENTS LIKE APPLES AND ORANGES.

DIVIDED BY 12, THEY WOULD SAVE FIVE DOLLARS AND NINETY ONE CENTS PER MONTH.

CORRECT. OK, SO THEN THE REST OF THAT WOULD GO TO MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT, AND BUY A MEAL EVERY MONTH FOR ABOUT FIVE DOLLARS AND NINETY ONE CENTS, OK.

SO. MS. CAJUSTE YOU KNOW, THAT I FIGHT FOR MY RESIDENTS EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

IT'S A MATTER OF FACT, SINCE I'VE BEEN ON THIS COMMISSION SINCE 2016, I VOTED AGAINST THE MILLAGE RATE. EVERY YEAR, EVERY SINGLE YEAR AND.

THIS YEAR WOULD BE NO DIFFERENT.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WOULD SUPPORT A MOTION TO ADOPT THE ROLLBACK RATE, I DON'T BELIEVE SO.

MAYBE THINGS HAVE CHANGED, MAYBE COVID HAS CHANGED THEIR MINDS, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT THEY WOULD.

I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER GELIN WANTS TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK.

BUT MADAM MAYOR, AFTER THE COMMISSIONER HAS SPOKEN, I WANT TO MAKE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE ROLL BACK RATE INSTEAD OF THE MILLAGE RATE THAT IS PROPOSED.

BUT THAT MOTION DOES NOT NEED A SECOND RIGHT NOW.

I WILL WAIT FOR DISCUSSION FROM COMMISSIONER GELIN, SEE WHAT HE HAS IN MIND.

WE DO ALREADY HAVE A MOTION AT THIS TIME.

WE'RE GOING TO OPEN BACK UP THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF HAVING MR. LUIS LOPEZ'S EMAIL READ INTO THE RECORD, IF YOU WOULD, MADAM CLERK PLEASE.

THE FOLLOWING. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR AND BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS LUIS A LOPEZ AND I LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY OF NORTH TAMARAC LAKES.

I WANTED TO SECOND THE SEDIMENT OF MRS. HARPER, WHILE I AGREE TAXES AND TAX INCREASES ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE GROWTH OF OUR COMMUNITY, THIS YEAR OF 2020 IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO IMPLEMENT SUCH CHANGES.

WE ALL KNOW OF THE COUNTLESS WAYS THIS YEAR HAS AFFECTED THE LIVES OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. HOWEVER, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY LOCALLY TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND AID THEM. I DO NOT BELIEVE THE INCREASED PROPOSED TAX BUDGET IS AN EFFECTIVE MANNER TO DO THAT. I PERSONALLY PURCHASED MY HOME ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING SOME RELIEF THIS YEAR AS I WOULD HAVE A HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

HOWEVER, THIS NEW BUDGET WILL HAVE ME PAYING MORE THAN I DID THE PREVIOUS YEAR WITHOUT THE EXEMPTION. I HAVE BEEN LUCKY TO KEEP MY JOB, ALTHOUGH MY INCOME HAS DECREASED DUE TO THE LACK OF WORK, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE DEVASTATION THIS CAN CAUSE FAMILY ALREADY ON THE BRINK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION.

GOD BLESS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL REST OF THE WEEK.

LUIS A LOPEZ. THANKS VERY MUCH.

AT THIS TIME, COMMISSIONER GELIN.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. SO I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MR. LOPEZ AND MRS. HARPER. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL WORKING FROM OUR OFFICES INSTEAD OF THE COMMISSION CHAMBERS RIGHT NOW, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND A GLOBAL RECESSION. IF YOU READ ANY ARTICLES FROM ANY ECONOMIST FINDING EXPERTS, THERE'S A PREDICTION OF A FULL PERHAPS TWO YEARS BEFORE THERE'S A TURNAROUND.

AND WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO ASSIST OUR RESIDENTS.

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WE'VE DONE A LITTLE WITH THE PROGRAMS THAT WE'VE IMPLEMENTED, SUCH AS TAKING 250 FROM THE GENERAL FUND IN ORDER TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS.

BUT WE KNOW OURSELVES ALREADY THAT OUR RESIDENTS ARE SUFFERING.

WE HAVE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MULTIPLE TIMES DURING THE WEEK AND THE LINES ARE ALWAYS LONG.

AND THAT'S TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THAT ARE ALSO HAPPENING IN THE SURROUNDING CITIES. SO WE CAN'T ASSUME THAT PEOPLE ARE COMING FROM OTHER CITIES BECAUSE I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE HEARING THAT ALTHOUGH IT'S ONLY GOING TO INCREASE BY THIRTY DOLLARS OR SO MAYBE FOR US THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY.

BUT FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD A MEAL AND HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT SOME OF US PERSONAL HUMILIATION TO GO PICK UP SOME FREE FOOD, THAT IS A LOT OF MONEY.

THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO SOMEONE THAT WAS ONCE MAKING EITHER THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND NOW THEY'RE NO LONGER EMPLOYED OR THEY HAD A DECREASE IN THEIR HOURS AND THEY'RE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY.

AND SO, NO, WE'RE NOT INCREASING THE MILLAGE RATE, BUT THE IMPACT OF THE MILLAGE RATE STAYING THE SAME DOES HAVING AN INCREASED AFFECT ON ALL OUR RESIDENTS.

AND THIS IS A YEAR WHERE WE SHOULD BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR RESIDENTS. IF WE HAD A BETTER SOCIAL STRUCTURE SYSTEM IN PLACE LIKE OTHER NATIONS IN EUROPE, I WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM KEEPING THE MILLAGE RATE AS IT IS.

FRANCE, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY HAVE A PAID LEAVE SYSTEM.

SO IF YOU AS A SMALL EMPLOYER COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY YOUR WORKER, YOU WOULD CONTINUE TO PAY THAT WORKER AND BE REIMBURSED BY THE COUNTRY.

IN DENMARK, LABOR UNIONS, THE GOVERNMENT, THEY ALL GOT TOGETHER.

THEY SAID THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FIRE PEOPLE.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 75 PERCENT OF THE WAGES DURING THIS PERIOD AND THE EMPLOYER WILL PAY TWENTY FIVE PERCENT.

SO THE COLLABORATION IS THERE BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS AND CITIZENS IN OTHER NATIONS THAT WE JUST DON'T HAVE HERE. WE HAVE A SURVIVE ON YOUR OWN MENTALITY.

AND THAT WORKS FOR SOME PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THOSE YOU KNOW, IT'S IT'S WIDELY KNOWN THAT MANY BILLIONAIRES HAVE MULTIPLIED THEIR INCOMES DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

BUT THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING CONTINUE TO SUFFER.

OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP THEIR RESIDENTS WITH SOME STIMULUS PROGRAMS. AND WE GIVE A ONE TIME CHECK THAT WAS NOT GOING TO HELP ANYBODY.

AND THE GOVERNMENT DID GIVE THEM MONEY TO BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS, SOME OF WHOM DID NOT EVEN NEED THE MONEY OR USE THE MONEY, AND SOME GAVE THE MONEY BACK.

SO I THINK THIS IS A YEAR WHERE WE REALLY NEED TO THINK HARD AND SACRIFICE.

AND, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD NOT KEEP THE MILLAGE RATE AS IS.

WE SHOULD EITHER GO WITH THE ROLLBACK RATE AND MAKE SOME SACRIFICES OR, YOU KNOW, GO BACK TO THE SEVEN POINT ONE MILLS WHERE THE CITY WILL GENERATE SOME REVENUE, BUT NOT SOME ADDITIONAL REVENUE, BUT NOT AT THE TWO MILLION DOLLAR MARK.

AT A SURPLUS OF A MILLION DOLLARS.

I MEAN, THERE HAS TO BE SOME LEVEL OF SACRIFICES BECAUSE OUR EXPENSES HAVE GONE DOWN WITH THE PANDEMIC AS WELL. WE'RE NOT OFFERING THE SAME LEVEL OF SERVICES.

WE'RE NOT HAVING SO MANY PROGRAMS BECAUSE WE CAN'T BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

AND SO OUR EXPENSES HAVE GONE DOWN AS WELL.

AND SO I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE FACTORED INTO OUR DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

SO I'M NOT IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE MILLAGE RATE AS IT IS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

LADIES, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING, IF NOT . THANK YOU.

NO, I DON'T THINK ANY OF US SITTING HERE ARE NOT SENSITIVE TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND WHEN IT WILL END, YOU KNOW NONE OF US KNOW.

NO, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY KNOWS AT THAT POINT.

I DO THINK WE NEED TO BE SENSITIVE TO OUR RESIDENTS OF WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP.

MY QUESTION WILL BE ON THE CURRENT MILLAGE RATE PROVIDES A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SERVICE TO OUR RESIDENTS.

IF WE GO TO THE ROLLBACK RATE.

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE.

I MEAN, THAT'S JUST OUR REALITY.

SO HOW DO WE DETERMINE EITHER WHAT SERVICES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE TO OUR RESIDENTS AND WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THOSE SERVICES TO OUR RESIDENTS?

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AND I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHAT BOTH MY COLLEAGUES, THE VICE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONER GELIN ARE SAYING, THAT THIRTY DOLLARS OR FIFTY DOLLARS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, BUT IT COULD BE FOOD FOR A WEEK.

I MEAN, I GET THAT, I HONESTLY DO, BUT I JUST, I NEED TO KNOW WHERE, HOW DO WE BALANCE AT THAT POINT? IF YOU GO TO THE ROLLBACK RATE AND WE'RE LOSING THIS MILLION DOLLARS.

OK, SO WHERE DO WE MAKE OF THAT MILLION DOLLARS? HOW DO WE HOW DO WE GIVE THEM THAT BUT TAKE AWAY? WHAT IS IT WE'RE GOING TO DIMINISH FROM THAT? IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE IN WHATEVER WAY? SO THAT'S A QUESTION I WOULD I WOULD POSE TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE DISCUSSION THROUGH THE MAYOR. I'M SORRY THROUGH THE CHAIR.

THAT'S OK. ACTUALLY, THAT IS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD FOR SERVICES THAT WOULD BE CUT.

SO I'M GOING TO TAKE YOUR QUESTION AND BRING IT TO OUR INTERIM FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR AND ASK WHAT SERVICES WOULD BE CUT IF WE DID.

WE ALL WENT TO THE ROLLBACK RATE, WHICH IS OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS, AND THEN THE OTHER RATE THAT IS BEING REQUESTED, WHICH IS ABOUT ONE POINT ONE AND CHANGE MILLION DOLLARS? NEED YOU TO UNMUTE PLEASE.

THANK YOU. WE HAVE HAD INTERNAL DISCUSSIONS ON WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE RATE WAS BACK TO THE MAJORITY VOTE MILLAGE RATE OR TO THE ROLLBACK RATE, AND WHAT IT WOULD MEAN IS THAT WE WOULD ESSENTIALLY HAVE TO GO BACK TO OUR CORE SERVICES.

THERE ARE STUFF THAT WE.

WE DO RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY IN PARKS AND RECREATION, WHICH WE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO.

THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE DO TO OFFER A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE, SAY IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THAT WE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO.

WE WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK TO JUST DELIVERING OUR CORE SERVICES.

AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FACT THAT THEY CAN USE THE ROLLBACK RATE THIS YEAR THAN THAT RATE WOULD BE LOWER NEXT YEAR.

SO OUR ABILITY TO COLLECT SO WE WILL DEFINITELY NEED TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF SERVICE BY THE AMOUNT OF WE'LL BE LOSING WITHIN FROM NOT IMPLEMENTING THE MILLAGE RATE.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO, YOU SEEM TO HAVE A QUESTION ON YOUR FACE.

WELL, THAT DIDN'T REALLY ANSWER MY QUESTION.

I GUESS I WAS JUST LOOKING FOR SPECIFICS, AND I KNOW I'M PUTTING YOU ON THE SPOT BY ASKING THAT YOU PROBABLY ANSWER THAT, BUT THAT'S OUR REALITY SO.

SAYING WE HAVE TO REDUCE SERVICES.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND EXACTLY.

FOR EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SOME FIRE APPARATUS THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO BUY.

SO WE MAY HAVE TO REDUCE THE TRANSFER TO THE GENERAL FUND FOR THOSE.

WE WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP CERTAIN EVENTS THAT ARE NOT CORE SERVICES, THINGS LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, OUR MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL, OUR DOG PARK EVENTS OR MOVIES IN THE PARK. WE CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO THOSE ANYMORE.

THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT WE HAVE THAT WE MAY HAVE TO CUT STAFF.

NUMBER ONE, NONCRITICAL STAFF SUCH AS OPERATIONS, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PUBLIC.

BUT IT'S NOT A CORE SERVICE.

WE MAY HAVE TO CUT STAFF THERE AND CUT STAFF IN OTHER PLACES THAT WHERE THOSE POSITIONS ARE IN POSITION THAT ARE INTEGRAL TO SERVICE DELIVERY FOR THOSE CRITICAL SERVICES.

SO, YOU KNOW, THOSE ARE JUST SOME EXAMPLES.

I COULD GIVE MORE. OK, THANK YOU.

THAT HELPS. THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

I'M NOT SURE WHO THIS QUESTION IS TO, BUT IF WE WENT TO EITHER THE ROLLBACK RATE OR THE SEVEN POINT ONE RATE THIS YEAR.

AND MADE THE CUTS, MADE THE SACRIFICES.

WHEN WE'RE IN THIS PLACE NEXT YEAR.

AND BECAUSE OF THE HOME PRICES OR THE HOME VALUES BEING LOWER NEXT YEAR

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BECAUSE OF UNFORESEEN ISSUES AND SOME OF THE FORESEEN ISSUES, WHEN WE GO TO RAISE THAT RATE AGAIN, WHEN WE GO TO RAISE THE RATE FROM THE ROLL BACK.

IT'S GOING TO BE AN ADDITIONAL INCREASE ON TOP OF THAT ROLL BACK, CORRECT? I DON'T KNOW. I'M ASKING IT RIGHT, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY.

OK, YES. LET ME SEE IF I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

YOU'RE SAYING THAT LIKE FOR THIS YEAR, IF WE INSTITUTE THE ROLLBACK RATE.

SO WHAT THE ROLLBACK ESSENTIALLY MEANS IS THAT THE RATE IS SET TO COLLECT THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE IN THE NEXT YEAR AS WE READ IT IN THE PRIOR YEAR.

SO IT MAY MEAN THAT NEXT YEAR WHEN THE VALUES GO DOWN, IT WILL NOT EXACTLY MEAN A TAX DECREASE FOR THE FOR THE RESIDENTS.

BECAUSE IF THE VALUES GO DOWN AND WE ARE LOOKING TO COLLECT THE SAME AMOUNT OF TAXES, THEN IT MAY ACTUALLY MEAN A TAX INCREASE FOR THEM BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING TO COLLECT THE SAME AMOUNT OF TAXES.

AND IF WE LOOK TO KEEP THE RATE THE SAME, THEN WE'RE LOOKING WE'RE LOOKING TO GET AN EVEN A LOWER AMOUNT OF TAXES AND AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE A LITTLE CONTROL OF OUR EXPENSES THAT ARE GOING UP BY THE CPI ARE GOING UP BECAUSE OF SOME CONTRACTS, CONTRACTS THAT WE HAVE. SO IT WOULD BE VERY HARD FOR US TO GET THAT THE SAME LEVEL OF TAXES THAT WE THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE.

THAT MEANS THE LEVEL OF SERVICE FOR NOT ONLY NEXT YEAR, BUT THE FOLLOWING YEARS WOULD DETERIORATE AND WE WOULD PROBABLY BE LOOKING AT DOING ADDITIONAL BUDGET CUTS BECAUSE OF THAT.

CORRECT, AND I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD THAT THE DISCUSSION IS THAT WHEN I CAME TO THE CITY OF TAMARAC BACK IN 2008, DURING THE ONSET OF THE RECESSION, WE HAD A SO WE LOST QUITE A FEW MEMBERS OF STAFF BECAUSE WE HAD TO REDUCE SERVICES.

SO WE HAD TO WE HAD THIS MOTION.

WE SAY WE'RE DOING MORE WITH LESS, MORE WITH LESS, MORE WITH LESS SO ON.

AT THE MOMENT, THE STAFFING IS SO, SO, SO TIGHT.

IT WOULD BE VERY HARD, YOU KNOW, TO DELIVER EVEN THE CORE SERVICES BY HAVING ANOTHER WHEN YOUR STAFF COST IS YOUR MAJOR COST AND THE STAFF THAT YOU NEED TO DELIVER THE SERVICES. RIGHT.

AND I WAS I WAS AT ONE OF THE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THIS MORNING AND ONE OF OUR TAMARAC EMPLOYEES WAS ALSO A RESIDENT WAS THERE GETTING FOOD FOR HIS FAMILY AND TOLD ME HIS GOOD NEWS ABOUT HIS WIFE BEING PREGNANT AND WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT BALANCING THE NEEDS OF OUR CITY RESIDENTS, STAFF AND GOING FORWARD NOT ONLY FOR THIS COMING YEAR, BUT IN THE YEARS IN THE FUTURE, WE'VE GOT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WELL.

UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE ARE HURTING RIGHT NOW.

BUT WE'VE ALSO GOT PART OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT TODAY, TOMORROW AND THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

SO SINCE THIS IS A TOPIC THAT IS BEING DEBATED ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW, I'M GOING TO ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT MORE OR ASK YOU, MS. CAJUSTE TO DO SO THAT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT LOSS OF THE EMPLOYEES, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SERVICES SUCH AS WHEN THERE'S A FLOOD, PEOPLE HAVE A LEAK OUR SERVICES GO OUT THERE RIGHT AWAY, COULD THE TIMING BE AFFECTED ON THE ABILITY FOR EMPLOYEES TO GET TO REPAIR THINGS IF WE ARE WITH REDUCED STAFF? I PROBABLY SHOULD LEAVE THIS UP TO THE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS.

HOWEVER, YOU KNOW, I THINK OF THINGS SUCH AS OUR FIRE SERVICES.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SERVICES THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY REQUESTED THAT WE HAVE THIS LEVEL OF SERVICE.

CERTAINLY WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, A BRAND NEW FIRE STATION.

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WE HAVE A BRAND NEW FIRE STATION THAT JUST CAME IN.

AND WE HAVE PLANS FOR MORE BECAUSE THIS IS THE LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT THE COMMUNITY REQUESTED. CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, IT MAY MEAN THAT WE CAN'T DELIVER THAT LEVEL OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, AS REQUIRED, YOU KNOW, EVEN PAY FOR THOSE SERVICES.

I'M NOT SURE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION.

YOU'RE FINE. AND I'LL GO THROUGH THE CITY MANAGER AND THEN IF HE.

BUT SO, SUCH A, LIKE TODAY.

AND I WAS DRIVING IN ON 57 STREET.

I SAW ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES DOING THE CLEANING UP OF DEBRIS BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE STILL THINK THAT OUR STREETS ARE MEANT FOR THEIR GARBAGE TO BE THROWN OUT.

SO IT'S NOT OUR CITY IS ADDING THESE ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO HELP CLEAN UP OUR CITY.

MR. CITY MANAGER, WOULD THAT BE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WOULD POSSIBLY BE AFFECTED IF WE HAD TO CUT SERVICES AND EMPLOYEES? SO THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR, FOR THE QUESTION.

FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE DISCUSSION, I THINK THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO REMAIN AWARE AND WE DISCUSSED THIS WHEN WE HAD THE INITIAL BUDGET MEETINGS BACK IN MAY.

THE YOU KNOW, THE CITY BUDGET IS BROKEN DOWN INTO A NUMBER OF FUNDS.

THE AND AD VALOREM TAXES THAT YOU ARE DISCUSSING RIGHT NOW GO INTO THE GENERAL FUND.

AND SO THEY IMPACT ON SERVICES THAT ARE FUNDED FROM THE GENERAL FUND.

THOSE SERVICES WOULD INCLUDE POLICE SERVICES, FIRE SERVICES, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, PARKS AND RECREATION, THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, THE MAYOR AND COMMISSION'S OFFICE AND THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

THOSE ARE THOSE ARE THE GENERAL FUND DEPARTMENTS.

SO, YOU KNOW, THE THE UTILITY IS NOT IMPACTED BY THIS.

THE STORM WATER FUND IS NOT IS NOT IMPACTED BY THIS.

THE BUILDING FUND IS NOT IMPACTED BY THIS.

IT'S YOU KNOW, IT'S A RELATIVELY SMALLER GROUP WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT AND THE LION'S SHARE OF THE REVENUE GOES TO THE POLICE SERVICES AND THE FIRE SERVICES.

AND SO IT DOESN'T DO US ANY GOOD TO CUT IN THE UTILITIES DEPARTMENT OR TO CUT IN STORM WATER OR TO CUT IN THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THOSE FUNDS ARE SELF SUFFICIENT IN TERMS OF THEIR REVENUES.

THEY'RE NOT IMPACTED BY THE YOU KNOW, THEY'RE NOT IMPACTED BY THE AD VALOREM TAX COLLECTION. AND SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT COLLECTING THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS IN AD VALOREM TAX, WE PAY OUT TWENTY SOME MILLION DOLLARS IN FIRE FOR THE FIRE BUDGET AND ANOTHER 18 SOMETHING MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONTRACT.

AND SO WHEN YOU TAKE THE 30 MILLION DOLLARS PLUS THE MONEY THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE THE FIRE SAFETY. SO WHEN YOU COUPLE THE LOSS OF THAT AD VALOREM REVENUE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE LOSS OF STATE SHARE REVENUES THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED THAT FLOW INTO THE GENERAL FUND, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN SERVICES IN THE GENERAL FUND.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE CONSIDERING REDUCTIONS AS FAR AS STAFFING AND APPARATUS AT THE STATION THAT THE NEW FIRE STATION THIRTY SIX.

YOU WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE ADDITIONAL RESCUE UNIT THAT'S PROPOSED FOR FIRE STATION SEVENTY EIGHT.

WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT THE COST OF THE BSL CONTRACT.

WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE EVENTS IN PARKS AND RECREATION AND WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, OTHER EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEPARTMENTS THAT I THAT I MENTIONED.

SO IT'S AN ACROSS THE BOARD CONSIDERATION FOR REDUCTION, BUT IT'S ONLY IN THE GENERAL FUND. AND THAT'S THE THE PRESSURE IS IN THE GENERAL FUND.

AND YOU WILL RECALL, BECAUSE OF THE ALREADY ESTIMATED REDUCTIONS IN STATE SHARED REVENUE, WE BROUGHT YOU A GENERAL FUND BUDGET THAT I THINK IT'S SIX OR SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS LESS THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR.

SO WE'VE ALREADY CUT IT BY 10 PERCENT.

AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CUTTING AND WE NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER MILLION OR TWO MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF THAT BUDGET.

THAT IS THAT IS TAKING US BACK TO CORE SERVICES, CERTAINLY, AND NOT ALLOWING US TO EXPAND THE SERVICES THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS EXPANDING FOR YEARS.

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SO IT IS A YOU KNOW, IT'S CERTAINLY A CHALLENGE, BUT THE KEEP IN MIND THE CHALLENGE IS IN THE GENERAL FUND AND BY MAKING REDUCTIONS IN THE OTHER FUNDS.

THEY DON'T THEY DON'T COUNT TOWARDS THE THE REVENUE SHORTFALLS IN GENERAL FUND.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HELP US WITH THAT SITUATION.

THE REDUCTIONS HAVE TO OCCUR IN GENERAL FUND.

THANK YOU. BASICALLY, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OUR PROPERTY TAXES, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 30 MILLION DOLLARS AND THAT'S WHERE WE'RE FOCUSING ON.

THE SACRIFICES THAT WE HAVE, SERVICES THAT ARE LOST, IF WE CAN'T DO CERTAIN THINGS IN OUR PROPERTY VALUES ARE THE SUBJECT TO DECREASE.

AND HOW LONG JUST TO RESUME WHERE WE CURRENTLY STAND AT OUR CURRENT PROPERTY VALUES, TAXABLE VALUES, MONEY THAT WE FIND TO UTILIZE IN THE BUDGET TO GET WHERE IS THAT CORRECT? ABOUT TWO TO FIVE YEARS? MADAM MAYOR, IF I MIGHT. IF YOU LOOK BACK, YEAH.

I MEAN, YES. YOU KNOW, I GUESS IN TERMS OF ESTIMATING, YES I THINK THAT'S A CLOSE APPROXIMATION. IF YOU LOOK BACK AT WHAT TRANSPIRED IN 2008, 2009 AND 2010 AND WHERE WE ARE TODAY, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD THE SAME MILLAGE RATE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.

AND PRIOR TO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE SAW A HUGE UPTICK IN VALUES.

AND THEN IN 2009, 2010, 2011, WE SAW A HUGE DECREASE IN VALUES.

WE MADE MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN SERVICE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE REVENUE LOSS.

IT'S TAKEN US, YOU KNOW, NINE YEARS TO GET BACK TO JUST THE VALUE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE HAD IN 2008, 2009, 2010.

JEFF SO YOU COULD BE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING SIMILAR.

IF WE SEE EVICTIONS RISE, IF WE SEE FORECLOSURES RISE, IF WE SEE A REDUCTION IN PROPERTY VALUES THAT'S BEING DISCUSSED, YOU COULD SEE THAT SAME SCENARIO PLAYING OUT.

SO, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE REDUCING THIS YEAR AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO ALREADY BE REDUCED COLLECTION RATE NEXT YEAR BECAUSE OF THIS YEAR'S REDUCTION THAT'S GOING TO PLAY ITSELF OUT FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

AT THE SAME TIME, IF VALUES ARE DECREASING, YOUR YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GOING TO BE REDUCING AND REDUCING AND REDUCING.

SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT A IT'S IT'S REALLY NOT A PRETTY PICTURE WHEN YOU WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE LAST RECESSION AND THE LAST REAL ESTATE CRISIS, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON NOW, IT'S NOT A PRETTY PICTURE.

WE HAD A SIMILAR, YOU KNOW, JUST FOR HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.

THERE WAS A SIMILAR I FEEL LIKE I'M ALWAYS LOOKING AT THE WRONG THING ON THE COMPUTER WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU GUYS ON THIS.

I'M LOOKING AT YOU, BUT THE CAMERA'S OVER HERE, ANYWAY.

WHEN YOU, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2008, 2009, YOU HAD A PERFECT STORM OF PROPERTY TAX REFORM MANDATED BY CHARLIE CRIST IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, WHICH CAUSED US TO HAVE TO REDUCE OUR MILLAGE RATES.

ALL CITIES HAD TO REDUCE THEIR MILLAGE RATES.

AND THEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE REDUCTIONS IN MILLAGE RATES, WE SAW THE REDUCTION IN PROPERTY VALUES AND THE REAL ESTATE CRISIS SLAM THE NOT JUST THE STATE, BUT THE ENTIRE NATION. AND SO THAT JUST MULTIPLIED THE PRESSURE AGAIN ON THE GENERAL FUND AND IT TOOK US 10 YEARS TO RECOVER FROM THAT.

SO, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT I'M NOT DOOM AND GLOOM ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE PROPERTY TAX RATE, BUT JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT RAMIFICATIONS THAT AREN'T JUST THIS YEAR OF REDUCTION AND THEN A RECESSION AND PROPERTY VALUE, YOU KNOW, REDUCTIONS CAUSE YOU, YOU KNOW, YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS OF CHALLENGES FINANCIALLY.

THANK YOU. BECAUSE I'VE SPOKEN TO SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS ABOUT THIS, ABOUT THE WAY THE SAVINGS OF POTENTIAL THIRTY TWO DOLLARS COMPARED TO ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS IF IT,

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AND DOING IT THIS YEAR IN RELATION TO SOME OF THE ISSUES IN SERVICES, AND PROPERTY VALUES THAT MAY DECREASE IN THEIR LARGEST INVESTMENT, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ALSO PROTECT WITH EVERYTHING WE DO TO KEEP OUR CITY.

THE WAY IT IS AND CONTINUE TO TRY TO IMPROVE IT BY MAKING IT LOOK GOOD, MAKING IT LOOK CLEAN, HAVING ADDITIONAL EVENTS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO GO TO, KEEPING EVERYBODY ACTIVE AND GOING TO PROGRAMS, IT'S ALL WHAT MAKE PEOPLE WANT TO COME TO TAMARAC.

AND I DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE HURTING.

I GO TO ALMOST EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION.

I WILL SAY, THOUGH, IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING THROUGH THIS FOOD DISTRIBUTION. AND I THINK I MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED THAT ON WEDNESDAY OF LAST WEEK, THERE'S NO HANGING THEIR HEAD DOWN AND SHAME.

EVERYBODY THERE. THEY KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN DONE, BUT THEY'VE DONE ANYTHING WRONG. NO ONE'S DONE ANYTHING WRONG.

BUT IT'S A COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER TO HELP COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT IS NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE GRAND SCALE.

IT'S THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING PROPERTY TAXES.

IT'S ALSO A COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER TO HELP COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S THE GRAND PICTURE OF WHAT THIS CITY IS.

SO WE DO HAVE A HARD YEAR TIGHTENING OUR BELTS AND DOING THINGS AND WHETHER OR NOT WE DO IT ONE YEAR OR ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO DO TO SACRIFICE FOR THE NEXT TWO TO FIVE YEARS TO COME AND NOT BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS THAT THE CITY HAS BECOME KNOWN FOR AND GROW TO BE ALL OVER THIS ONE VERY BAD TIME IN OUR HISTORY FOR THEORETICALLY THIRTY FIVE DOLLARS TO ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS.

AND THAT BEING SAID, I DO HAVE ONE OUTSIDE QUESTION AND I'M GOING TO ASK THIS TO THE CITY ATTORNEY. IT'S STEPPING ONTO SOMETHING THAT THE VICE MAYOR ASKED EARLIER ABOUT THE CDD, THAT IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS CONTROLLED BY THE CITY.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE FOR YOU TO, AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S FOR YOU OR HAVE TO BRING IT BACK TO MS. CAJUSTE. NO MONEY COLLECTED FROM ANY CDD IN THE CITY GOES TO OUR CITY REVENUES, CORRECT? IT STAYS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY FOR WHICH THEY WERE ESTABLISHED.

LEGAL ANSWER, WHICH IS THE DESTINATION OF FUNDS, IS LIMITED AND ITS DESTINATION IS SPECIFIC TO THE CDD ONLY, NOT ANYWHERE BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES WHICH WERE ACTUALLY ESTABLISHED WHEN THEY'RE CREATED.

SO IF I LIVE SPECIFIC MONEY ON MY TAX BILL IS SOMETHING CREATED BY THEM AND ONLY USED WITHIN MY COMMUNITY AND NOT GOING OUTSIDE ONTO COMMERCIAL BOULEVARD OFF THE BLOCK, GOING INTO DISTRICT TWO, THREE, FOUR.

SO I JUST WANTED TO.

THAT'S LEGALLY CORRECT MADAM MAYOR AND CHRISTINE CAN RESPOND FOR THE BETTER FUNDING SIDE OF THE DISCUSSION, BUT THE FUNDING STAYS WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE GEOGRAPHIC BOUNDARIES OF THE CDD ITSELF.

CANNOT GO BEYOND THAT.

THANK YOU.

BY THE WAY, ARE IMPOSED TO REPAY DEBT AND THAT'S WHY THEY'RE NOT REVERSIBLE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST WANTED TO HAVE ANYBODY WHO'S LISTENING FROM THOSE MEETINGS TO HEAR IT ON THE RECORD THAT COMES TO THE REST OF THE CITY.

THIS IS THEIR MONEY FOR THEIR OWN PROPERTIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.

SO COMMISSIONER PLACKO. MADAM MAYOR, I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SECOND ROUND OF QUESTIONING AND I HAD MY HAND UP FIRST.

YES VICE MAYOR, BUT I ALSO KNOW YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BRING IT TO A DIFFERENT TOPIC AND SHE IS ON THIS TOPIC.

AROUND. COMMISSIONER PLACKO, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU MAYOR.

THANK YOU VICE MAYOR.

HOW CAN WE PUT A DOLLAR AMOUNT ON OUR RESIDENTS SAFETY? IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EQUIPMENT TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT . IF I DIAL 911 OR ONE OF MY RESIDENTS DIALS 911.

I WANT TO KNOW THAT I'M GETTING THE QUICKEST SERVICE, THE BEST TRAINED PEOPLE WITH THE BEST EQUIPMENT. SO MAYBE LET'S TRY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX A LITTLE BIT.

MORTGAGE RATES ARE AT THEIR LOWEST RIGHT NOW.

MAYBE THERE'S A WAY TO GET OUR RESIDENTS SOME HOW IN REFINANCING THEIR HOMES TO A TWO POINT SOMETHING MORTGAGE RATHER THAN WHATEVER THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE NOW.

I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT RATE THEY'RE SITTING AT, BUT RATES ARE SO LOW RIGHT NOW THAT CERTAINLY WOULD HELP THEM EVERY SINGLE MONTH THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THEIR MORTGAGE, SAVE SOME MONEY. SO MAYBE WE CAN TRY TO FACILITATE GETTING MORTGAGE BROKERS INVOLVED TO HELP OUR RESIDENTS IN THAT WAY, WHICH WOULD BE A MONTHLY HELP TO THEM FOR 20 YEARS OF THEIR MORTGAGE. BUT TO PUT THEIR SAFETY AT ISSUE.

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I JUST CAN'T DO THAT.

I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT.

SO THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, VICE MAYOR.

THANK YOU. VICE MAYOR. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

SAM, IF IT PLEASES THE CHAIR, COULD WE HAVE PRIZED, FOR INSTANCE, THE CDD FEES INTO OR FACTOR THE CDD FEES INTO THE PRICE OF THE HOMES, FOR INSTANCE, IN CENTRAL PARK OR COULD THE CDD HAVE DONE THAT? IS THAT'S THE QUESTION? YES, COULD, WHATEVER IT WHATEVER IT COSTED THE INTO THE PRICE OF THE HOMES SO THAT IF SOMEBODY WANTED TO PURCHASE THE HOUSE AT THAT VALUE, THAT THE CDD FEE WOULD HAVE BEEN PRICED WITH, COULD HAVE MADE THE DECISION AT THAT TIME OR NOT? MAY I RESPOND MAYOR AND COMMISSION? IN A PERFECT WORLD? THE ANSWER IS PROBABLY YES.

BUT IN THE WORLD THAT RELATES TO CDDS, AS I FULLY UNDERSTAND THEM, IT'S A MOVING TARGET EVERY YEAR. THE COST AND EXPENSES, THERE ARE A CERTAIN FIXED COSTS THAT ARE DEBT RELATED AND THERE ARE OTHER COSTS WHICH ARE MOVING TARGETS FOR THE PURPOSES OF ANNUAL ADJUSTMENTS IN HOW THEY DO THEIR BUSINESS.

SO, YOU KNOW, IN A MORE PERFECT WORLD WHERE CONCEPT IS NOT FAR FROM REALITY, THE PROBLEM IS THAT IN REALITY, THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S DONE AND PROBABLY CANNOT BE DONE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT WASN'T DONE FROM THE BEGINNING AND PROBABLY BECAUSE THE STATUTE WOULDN'T PERMIT IT OR BECAUSE A DEVELOPER WOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT IN THE CONTEXT OF RECOUPING THEIR EXPOSURE FOR THE FINANCING AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND THEN SECONDARILY, NOT KNOWING WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKED LIKE.

IN THE FUTURE COMMITTED OBLIGATIONS ON AN ANNUAL GOING FORWARD BASIS.

AND CHRISTINE CAN MAYBE ANSWER BETTER.

BUT THAT'S MY I UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL SIDE OF HOW THEY WORK.

SAM, I ASKED YOU THIS QUESTION ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO.

YOU GAVE ME A DIFFERENT ANSWER.

BUT YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT LEGAL ANALYSIS TODAY AS WE SPEAK OR YOU ARE CHANGING YOUR STANCE? I WILL REPHRASE THE QUESTION.

MAYBE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENTLY.

HERE LIES THE CDD FEES THAT THE RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL PARK DEVELOPMENTS THE CITY OF TAMARAC ARE PAYING.

THEY'RE PAYING IT ON THEIR YEARLY TAX BILL.

THIS IS AS A RESULT OF THE DEVELOPER AND PRICING THIS CDD BASED ON WHAT THEY HAD TO DO, FOR INSTANCE PUTTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ROADS THAT IS THERE AND MAINTAINING, AND THAT'S THE COST.

COULD THE DEVELOPER SAY, OKAY, IT'S COSTING ME TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO PUT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE ROADS, THE WHATEVER, WHATEVER MAKES THE CDD THE CDD.

COULD BE DEVELOPER HAVE TAKEN THAT TWO MILLION DOLLARS AND THEN PROBABLY DIVIDE IT BY THREE HUNDRED HOMES AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, TWO MILLION DOLLARS DIVIDED BY THREE HUNDRED HOMES, HE WOULD PROBABLY ADD LIKE SIX TO FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ON THE PRICE OF EACH HOME.

WHY DON'T I ASK THE FINANCE DIRECTOR THAT BEFORE YOU GIVE ME ANOTHER ANSWER SAM? MS. CAJUSTE? WITHOUT KNOWING THE SPECIFICS OF THAT PARTICULAR CDD, THEORETICALLY I WOULD SAY THAT THE COST OF PUTTING IN THOSE INFRASTRUCTURE WAS SO EXORBITANT THAT IF THE DEVELOPER, I'M SAYING THIS THEORETICALLY, IF THE DEVELOPER HAD TRIED TO DIVIDE UP THE COST, AS YOU SUGGEST, AND PUT IT INTO THE COST OF THE HOME AS A ONE TIME PAYMENT FOR SELLING THE HOME, IT WOULD MAKE THE COST OF THE HOMES SO COST PROHIBITIVE THAT THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SELL THAT HOME.

HENCE, YOU KNOW, THEY WOULD HAVE, I WOULD SAY, UP TO THE DEBT FINANCING AND THEN THAT DEBT FINANCING WOULD GO OVER THE LIFE OF THE HOME, GO FROM OWNER TO OWNER AS THEY ENJOY

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THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE LIFE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

WHICH IS WHY I ASSUME NOT KNOWING THE SPECIFICS OF THAT CDD THAT THEY WOULD DO IT IN THAT MANNER.

SO THAT FINANCING COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER WAY.

SO WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS AT THAT POINT, THE CITY COULD HAVE EXPLORED DIFFERENT OPTIONS OF CDD, DEBT FINANCING, BOND ISSUES, WHATEVER IT IS, THAT THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A VARIATIONS OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN EXERCISED OR LOOKED AT.

WHAT WE'RE SAYING AND WHAT I THINK THE CITY ATTORNEY ALLUDED TO EARLIER IS THAT MANY TIMES THE CDD IS CREATED AS A CONDUIT FOR DEBT FINANCING AND MOST OF THEIR COST GOES TOWARDS DEBT SERVICE.

FOR THE COST OF WHATEVER BOND THEY GENERATED TO PAY FOR THAT INFRASTRUCTURE.

HERE, HERE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES O ANYBODY THAT IS LISTENING, THE CITY COMMISSION AT THE TIME AND I BELIEVE THE MAYOR WAS SEATED ON THE CITY COMMISSION AT THE TIME.

COULD HAVE MADE A BETTER A MORE SOUND DECISION WHEN IT CAME TO THE DEVELOPMENTS OF LIKE CENTRAL PARK, HAD WE A MORE THOUGHTFUL LEADER AT THAT TIME? WE WOULD NOT HAVE RESIDENTS NOW COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW THEIR TAX BILLS ARE SO HIGH.

WE HAVE RESIDENTS COMPLAINING BECAUSE AND I AND I'VE GONE THROUGH THIS QUITE A FEW TIMES WITH THE COMPLAINTS, MY TAX BILL, THEY SAY, IS ALMOST NINE THOUSAND OR EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. WHY? AND THEN THEY SEND THE TAX BILL AND WE SEE ALMOST THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CDD FEES.

SO THAT THAT HOUSE WOULD HAVE HAD A TAX BILL OF SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THEN WE LOOK AT THE THREE TAXING AUTHORITIES, THE CITY, THE COUNTY AND THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND SO NOW WE NARROW DOWN THE CITY'S PORTION, LET'S SAY IT'S TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS AND SO THE AD VALOREM TAXES FOR THE CITY'S PORTION IS LET'S SAY SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS.

HERE'S WHY.

AND THAT IS FUZZY MATH.

BUT HERE IS WHY I CONSTANTLY VOTE AGAINST THE NON AD VALOREM FEES, IS BECAUSE WE ARE HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER CITY.

WHEN WE LOOK AT SOME OF THESE AD VALOREM FEES THAT WE'RE PAYING.

IF WE REDUCE THE AD VALOREM FEES, THE NON AD VALOREM FEES, WE WOULD BE IN A BETTER PLACE WHERE THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE.

REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF AD VALOREM FEES, SO THESE FIRE ASSESSMENTS, THE SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENT, THE STORM WATER ASSESSMENT, ALL OF THESE ASSESSMENTS, IT'S TOO MUCH.

SO IF WE LOWERED THE NON AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS AND WE LOWER THE AD VALOREM, THEN WE'RE ON OUR WAY. AND THEN A THOUGHTFUL LEADER, A THOUGHTFUL LEADER WILL START CUTTING BUDGETS FROM NOW, WHICH IS WHAT I'VE BEEN ASKING THE MAYOR AND AND ALL THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS SINCE 2016.

WE SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD EVERY YEAR.

MR. YEAR'S PRESENTATION.

AND HE SAYS, OH, IF WE CUT THE BUDGET THIS YEAR, THIS IS WHAT IT COULD IT COULD BE.

AND SO IF WE CUT THE BUDGET FROM 2016 AND 2017, 2018, 2019, WE WOULD ACTUALLY BE AT A POINT NOW WHERE RESIDENTS ARE SAVING UPWARDS OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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BUT NO, EVERY SINGLE YEAR WE PLAY THIS GAME.

IT'S A GAME.

WE PLAY THIS GAME.

AND THE GAME IS IF WE CUT THE BUDGET, WE'RE GOING TO LOSE ON PUBLIC SAFETY.

WE'RE GOING TO LOSE ON THE FIRE APPARATUS.

WE'RE GOING TO LOSE OUT.

NO, NO, NO, NO. IT'S A GAME.

I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO THINK THAT WE ARE CRAZY OR STUPID.

IT'S A GAME THAT WE PLAY.

THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THIS COMMISSION IS PLAYING, IT'S A GAME.

IF YOU STARTED THIS IN 2016, WHEN I ASKED FOR THE BUDGET CUTS, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A BETTER PLACE NOW.

COMMISSIONER GELIN ALLUDED TO THE FACT THAT THERE COULD BE A GLOBAL RECESSION AND EVERYBODY AGREES WITH HIM.

SO NOW WE CUT THE THE BUDGET THIS YEAR.

WHERE DO WE WHERE DO WE STAND NEXT YEAR? WHERE DO WE STAND IF THERE'S A RECESSION AND WE GO TO SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE MILLS AND THEN PROPERTY VALUES GO DOWN NEXT YEAR AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO ADOPT THE ROLLBACK RATE AGAIN, WE'LL HAVE NO REVENUE.

WE HAVE NO REVENUE, BUT IT IS SHAME ON THIS COMMISSION.

THE MAYOR AND JULIE FISHERMEN INCLUDED, SHAME ON YOU, SINCE 2016, YOU HAVE NOT REDUCED THE MILLAGE RATE AND REDUCED THE BUDGET AS WE GO FORWARD.

WE COULD HAVE LOOKED AT THE BUDGET IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

WE COULD HAVE AND I ASKED THE CITY COMMISSION EVERY SINGLE YEAR, LOOK AT THE BUDGET, MAKE BUDGET CUTS, MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEY IN RIGHT PLACES, OH.

BUT WE SPEND IT HERE AND THERE AND AND THE GLOSSY MAGAZINE CALLED THE TAM-A-GRAM.

AND WE KNOW THIS ONE GETS THE RAISE AND THAT ONE GETS A RAISE.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WE FIND OURSELVES IN THIS PREDICAMENT BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THOUGHTFUL LEADERS ON A YEARLY BASIS WHO MAKES THE TOUGH DECISIONS TO MAKE BUDGET CUTS.

AND SO WHAT DO WE DO IN A IN A YEAR WHERE THE CORONAVIRUS HAS HIT? WHAT DO WE DO? WE PLAY THE SAME GAME AGAIN AND WE SAY, OH, NO, WE CAN'T DO THE BUDGET CUTS THIS YEAR, BECAUSE IF WE DO THE BUDGET CUTS, MAYBE NEXT YEAR THERE IS A RECESSION.

WE'VE BEEN SAYING THAT SINCE 2016.

WE HAVE BEEN. WE HAVE BEEN.

AND SO EVERY YEAR THE MAYOR SAYS, I'M WORKING ON IT.

EVERY YEAR, AND SHE TOOK ACTION IN 2016 AS THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF THIS COMMISSION.

I'M NOT ATTACKING YOU, MADAM MAYOR, BUT I AM CALLING YOU OUT AS THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF THIS COMMISSION.

IF YOU TOOK THE DECISION TO LOOK AT THE BUDGET AND MAKE BUDGET CUTS EVERY SINGLE YEAR SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION.

THEY WOULD BE.

REDUCE THESE NON AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS, REDUCE THE MILLAGE RATE.

LET US LIVE, LET US LIVE BELOW OUR MEANS.

BUT EVERY YEAR WE COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW.

OK? WE COME UP WITH NEW PROGRAMING AND NEW EVENTS, BUT ALL THESE THINGS THAT AND THEN WE'RE THREATENED, OH IF WE CUT THIS AND CUT THAT, WE WILL END UP IN A PLACE WHERE WE SHOULD. COME ON.

IT'S A CUT AND PASTE PRESENTATION FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

IF A RESIDENT LISTENS TO THE CONVERSATION THAT WE HAVE EVERY SINGLE YEAR, THEY WOULD HEAR THAT ALL OF YOU.

SAY THE SAME THING EVERY YEAR.

IT'S A SCRIPT.

CAN I SHOW THEM, IT'S A SCRIPT? HOW DARE US HAVE THE SAME SCRIPTS EVERY YEAR WE'RE GIVEN THE SAME SCRIPTS TO SPEAK FROM.

I'M CALLING YOU OUT, MAYOR, AND I'M CALLING YOU COMMISSIONER FISHMAN, BECAUSE YOU SHOULD HAVE YOU SHOULD HAVE SIDED WITH ME FOR THESE YEARS.

TO REDUCE TAXES AND NO WE'RE STUCK.

WE ARE STUCK.

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WHAT DO I DO? REDUCE THE TAXES, BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO HOLD.

WHAT DO WE DO? IT WOULDN'T BE THOUGHTFUL TO DO THAT.

SO I'M CALLING YOU OUT.

I'M CALLING THE MAYOR OUT.

COME ON. IT IS I AM TIRED.

OF YOUR SHADY GAMES, SHADY, TIRED OF IT.

I'M DONE WHEN I'M FINISHED.

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.

I'M GOING TO MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO REDUCE THIS MILLAGE RATE.

WE WILL HEAR THE ROLL CALL OR MAYBE THE MOTION DIES LIKE YOU ALWAYS KILL MY MOTIONS, BUT I WILL MAKE THAT MOTION.

AND THE WORLD, ALL THE RESIDENTS WILL HEAR HOW YOU HAVE NOT VOTED TO REDUCE THE MILLAGE RATE. IT'S TIME TO CUT THE BUDGET AND CUT THE SHADY TRICKS.

YOU SAY IT EVERY YEAR.

I'M TIRED OF YOU DOING IT.

OUR PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING.

HOW MANY CALLS DO I GET ON A DAILY BASIS THAT SOMEBODY CANNOT PAY THEIR RENT OR THEIR MORTGAGE? AND WE SIT HERE EVERY SINGLE YEAR MAKING THIS GOING FROM THIS SCRIPT.

IT'S NOT FAIR. IT'S NOT FAIR.

IT'S TIME THAT WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR, MADAM CHAIR.

OH WHY THANK YOU. THE SCRIPT, AS YOU KNOW, IS JUST FOR READING THE THINGS INTO THE RECORD, IT IS NOT A SCRIPT AND HOW FEEL AND THINK ABOUT IT IS PUBLIC RECORD AND ANYBODY CAN HAVE A COPY OF IT. YEAH.

VICE MAYOR. BASICALLY, THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW.

DEFENDING MY RESIDENTS, THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING.

SIMPLE.

PERSONALLY ATTACKING ME IS NOT DEFENDING, I HAVE THE FLOOR OK, YOU DO. YOU'RE THE MAYOR, RIGHT? GO AHEAD. THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR AT THIS TIME, OR ACTUALLY SORRY, COMMISSIONER GELIN YOU HAVE YOUR HAND UP. COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES. WHERE WAS I? YEAH, NO, SO I MEAN, WE KNOW BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE, SOME OF THE CALLS THAT WE'VE BEEN GETTING, THE EMAILS THAT WE'VE BEEN GETTING FROM SOME RESIDENTS, THAT THEY'RE STRUGGLING AND THEY'RE SUFFERING. AND YOU KNOW I UNDERSTAND THAT FOR EVERY ONE EMAIL I GET FROM A RESIDENT, THERE'S PROBABLY ABOUT 10 PEOPLE THAT DON'T REALIZE OR KNOW THAT THEY CAN OR SHOULD REACH OUT TO THEIR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL.

I MEAN, THERE'S A GUY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHO DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS. AND SO THANKS TO GREG WARREN, I WAS ABLE TO GET A COUPLE OF BOXES AND DELIVER THAT. I PERSONALLY PAID CASH LOANS TO SOME NEIGHBORS.

I PERSONALLY HAVE GONE GROCERY SHOPPING FOR AT LEAST ONE NEIGHBOR AND DELIVERED SOME FOOD TO PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T MAKE IT TO THE DISTRIBUTION BECAUSE THEY'RE WORKING LESS HOURS NOW BUT BUT STILL WORKING AND NOT MAKING AS MUCH MONEY.

AND WE KNOW BECAUSE WE KNOW SOME BUSINESSES IN TAMARAC HAVE CLOSED.

THEIR REVENUES ARE DOWN. AND SO WE'RE PROMOTING AND ASKING THEM TO ASK OUR RESIDENTS TO SHOP LOCAL. BUT AS WE ALL KNOW FROM WATCHING NEWS, PEOPLE ARE GOING ARE ONLY GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE, PUBLIX AND WAL-MART AND PJ'S AND SAM'S AND NO ONES GOING OUT RESTAURANT DINING. SO ALL OF THIS IS HAVING A MULTIPLIER EFFECT.

AND THAT WE KNOW FROM TAMARAC PERSPECTIVE, BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE BEHIND IN PAYING THEIR UTILITY BILLS THAT HAVE TO BE PAID.

AND I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM OUR PLANNING DIRECTOR, MAXINE CALLOWAY, ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING ON THE GRANTS THAT WE'RE GIVING, IF THE CHAIR APPROVES.

MS. CAJUSTE OR MAXINE CALLOWAY. THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

COMMISSIONER, I HAVE TO SAY THINGS ARE GOING EXTREMELY WELL.

WE HAVE CONCLUDED THE FIRST ROUND, WHICH HAD ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE ON THAT LIST, AND ASSISTED AT THIS POINT, OVER A HUNDRED ON THAT LIST AND HAVE GONE ON TO THE SECOND LIST. SO IT'S GOING WELL.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE RECEIVED ADDITIONAL FUNDING.

WE'RE EXPECTING TO RECEIVE FUNDS FROM BROWARD COUNTY FOR RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANCE, ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM FLORIDA HOUSING FINANCE CORP.

AS WELL AS WE JUST GOT WORD TODAY THAT WE WILL BE RECEIVING IN EXCESS OF THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND FROM HUD, CDBG CHAIRS THAT FUND AND THAT WILL BE COMING IN SHORTLY AS WELL.

SO WE EXPECT TO BE BUSY FOR SOME TIME TO COMING.

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BUT THE PROGRAM IS GOING WELL AND WE JUST CONCLUDED A MARKETING OF THE THIRD ROUND.

I KNOW THAT CLOSED SOMETIME LAST WEEK SO YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THAT FLIER.

YES. AND HOW MANY TOTAL, WHAT'S THE TOTAL NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE RECEIVED AS A CITY? WHEN YOU FACTOR IN ALL THE ROUNDS? OVER 200 OR 300 PEOPLE? WE ARE PROBABLY EASILY OVER 300 AT THIS POINT, THE FIRST ROUND ALONE, I KNOW WAS ONE SIXTY FIVE. THE SECOND ROUND WAS A BIT LESS ABOUT ONE TWENTY ONE, TWENTY TWO.

THIRD ROUND. I DON'T HAVE THAT NUMBER, BUT WE ARE ALREADY WITH 165 AND 122.

WE ARE CLOSE TO THREE HUNDRED WITH THAT NUMBER.

SO I THINK SAY OVER 300 AT THIS POINT.

OK, THANK YOU.

AND YOU KNOW, THE, THE PROPERTY TAX BILL IS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CONTROL OVER.

BUT I KNOW WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO MY COMMUNITY AND THE HOAS FEES WERE UNDER A HUNDRED DOLLARS, NOW IT'S GOING ON TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS AND PROBABLY IT WILL BE OVER THAT NEXT YEAR. SO THERE'S OTHER FEES THAT WE HAVE AS HOMEOWNERS OR EVEN RESIDENTS THAT DON'T OWN HOMES THAT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER.

AND I DON'T READ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL EVERY DAY.

BUT I DO HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION AND THIS IS FROM, WHEN IS IT, I DON'T SEE A DATE HERE.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, WHERE UNITED ANNOUNCED THAT THEY ARE CUTTING SIXTEEN THOUSAND JOBS. SO THAT INCLUDES SIX THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWENTY FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, TWENTY TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY PILOTS, TWO THOUSAND TWO SIXTY AIRPORT OPERATION STAFF AND TWO THOUSAND SIXTY MAINTENANCE WORKERS.

SO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS MAKE BETWEEN FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND, MAINTENANCE WORKERS MAKE BETWEEN FORTY THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND AND THEN PILOTS MAKE BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND AND FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND AND MORE.

AND SO YOU HAVE PEOPLE FROM THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF THE INCOME RATIO AND INCOME CLASSES THAT ARE SUFFERING, WHICH IS WHY I WANT TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM WE HAVE TO NOT LIMIT IT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLY LOW INCOME BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WHO MAKE GOOD INCOMES THAT ARE NO LONGER GENERATING THOSE INCOMES.

AND SO MY POINT IS WE JUST HAVE TO MAKE A LITTLE SACRIFICE.

AND I'M OK WITH RAISING PROPERTY TAXES AS THE ECONOMY TURNS AROUND.

BUT NOW WHEN IT'S AT AN ALL TIME LOW, THERE'S NO WE'RE NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT THINGS WILL GET EVEN WORSE AS THE FALL COMES AROUND WITH THE REGULAR FLU.

SO I'M NOT SURE IF I'M IN FAVOR OF GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE ROLL BACK, BUT I DO THINK WE SHOULD TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A STEP BACK AND GO TO THE SEVEN POINT ONE MILL.

AND THAT'S WHERE I THINK THERE'S MORE OF A SHARED SACRIFICE WHERE WE'RE SAVING A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY FOR THE RESIDENTS AND WE'RE TAKING A LITTLE BIT OF A HAIRCUT AS A CITY WHERE WE'RE STILL GENERATING A SURPLUS OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS, NOT GETTING THE FULL MAXIMUM OF TWO MILLION DOLLARS. AND THEN IN TERMS OF YOU KNOW, I KNOW I KNOW WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT SERVICES AND POTENTIAL CUTS IN STAFF.

AS YOU AS MY COLLEAGUES KNOW AND SHOULD KNOW.

STAFF WILL COME TO US WITH THEIR PROPOSED CHANGES AND WE CAN APPROVE OR REJECT CERTAIN CHANGES. AND SO WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF CONTROL OVER CERTAIN THINGS THAT HAPPEN.

AND OUR CITY MANAGER WILL INFORM US ABOUT THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ALL THESE THINGS.

AND WE CAN WE CAN MAKE ADJUSTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT REDUCING SERVICES.

BUT I DO KNOW THAT CRIME HAS GONE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY THROUGHOUT THE STATE, IN MIAMI, HERE IN TAMARAC, EVERYWHERE, BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE HOME NOW, PEOPLE ARE VISIBLE NOW.

AND SO NOW CRIME IS DOWN.

SO THE DEMAND FOR THOSE SERVICES ARE ALSO DOWN.

SO I DON'T FORESEE ANY DECREASE IN SERVICES OUTSIDE OF STUFF LIKE, YOU KNOW, FOURTH OF JULY. WE DIDN'T HAVE ONE THIS YEAR AND MAY NOT MAKE SENSE THAT WHEN NEXT YEAR, SOME EXPERTS SAYING WE WON'T GET BACK TO NORMAL UNTIL THE END OF 2021.

SO WE NEED TO MAKE A TEMPORARY SACRIFICE AND WE NEED TO IF WE DO MOVE FORWARD WITH MAKING THE SACRIFICE, WE NEED TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO OUR RESIDENTS THAT, HEY, WE ARE DOING THIS TO PARTNER WITH YOU, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE FUTURE, AS THINGS TURN AROUND WE ARE ALSO GOING TO NEED TO RAISE TAXES TO MAKE UP FOR THIS TIME PERIOD.

SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME, I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. MADAM MAYOR, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION PLEASE. WE KNOW THIS IS NOT PROCEDURALLY HOW WE DO IT.

IF THERE IS A SECOND, IT CAN BE HEARD.

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I MAKE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE ROLL BACK RATES OF SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE FIVE MILLS, WHICH IS FOUR POINT, WHICH IS POINT FOUR NINE SIX FOUR MILLS OR SEVEN POINT THREE ONE PERCENT LESS THAN THE MILLAGE RATE PROPOSED SECOND.

LOOKING MADAM MAYOR, IF I MAY QUICKLY, THE MOTION IS PROPERLY ON THE FLOOR, BUT THE NUMBERS THAT THE VICE MAYOR CITED, THOSE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT ARE INCLUDED WITHIN THE MOTION, CORRECT? MR. VICE MAYOR? YES.

YES. THANK YOU. MADAM CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

COMMISSIONER GELIN.

YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHERMEN.

NO.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO.

NO. VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YES.

AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

NO. THE MOTION FAILS THREE TO TWO.

THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR BACK FOR THE MILLS, ONE PERCENT MORE THAN THE ROLL BACK RATE OF SIX POINT SEVEN NINE THREE MILLS.

CITY, MADAM CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. RELUCTANTLY YES.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. NO. AND MAYOR GOMEZ.

YES.

THE MOTION PASSES FOUR TO ONE.

THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

IT IS 7:35.

WE ARE TAKING A BREAK UNTIL 7:45.

WE ARE AT RECESS. FOUR, THREE, FIVE.

[6. TO2435 - FY 2021 Budget Ordinance]

THIS IS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING TO ESTABLISH THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 OPERATING CAPITAL BUDGET AND FINANCIAL POLICIES.

A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2435 WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 AT 5:05 P.M..

MR. CITY MANAGER, PLEASE READ YOUR STATEMENT.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. THE TENTATIVE OPERATING AND CAPITAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 IS ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FOUR MILLION, TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY TWO THOUSAND TWENTY THREE DOLLARS, WHICH IS 12 MILLION SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT THOUSAND TEN DOLLARS LESS THAN THE ADOPTED BUDGET OF ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY SIX MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND THIRTY THREE DOLLARS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020.

THE TENTATIVE GENERAL FUND BUDGET, WHICH IS THE PRIMARY FUND FOR PROVIDING GOVERNMENTAL SERVICE SUCH AS OUR CONTRACT WITH BSO, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, PUBLIC SERVICES, PARKS AND RECREATION IS SEVENTY MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY ONE DOLLARS, WHICH IS SIX MILLION ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS LESS THAN THE ADOPTED BUDGET OF SEVENTY SEVEN MILLION FORTY EIGHT THOUSAND AND SIX DOLLARS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020.

IN ADDITION THE FINANCIAL POLICIES ARE INCLUDED AS A PART OF THE ADOPTION OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET. THESE FINANCIAL POLICIES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR LONG TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR THE CITY. THESE POLICIES SET PARAMETERS FOR THE OPERATING MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING RESERVES FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, ESTABLISHING ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING POLICIES, AND ESTABLISHING POLICIES ON ECONOMIC RESOURCES.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

MR. CITY ATTORNEY WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE FILE INTO THE RECORD. THANK YOU MADAM MAYOR AND COMMISSION IF YOU WILL. ITEM NUMBER SIX, THE LAST ON THE AGENDA IS TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2435.

IT IS THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 ANNUAL BUDGET ORDINANCE FOR FIRST READING.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE OPERATING BUDGET, THE REVENUE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 FOR THE CITY OF TAMARAC, FLORIDA.

PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS, PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

THE MOTION PLACES THE ITEM ON THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE AND DISCUSSION.

THANK YOU MAYOR AND COMMISSION. THANK YOU.

AND I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO OUR INTERIM FINANCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR CHRISTINE CAJUSTE.

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THANK YOU, MAYOR. AND FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT, I'M GOING TO INVITE OUR CAPABLE BUDGET MANAGER, JEFF AGAIN GOOD EVENING MADAM MAYOR, VICE MAYOR BOLTON, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

FOR THE RECORD JEFF BUDGET DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW PROCESS BEGAN IN JANUARY 2020.

BETWEEN MARCH AND JUNE, STAFF UPDATED THE FORECAST FY 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET AND FORECASTED FY 22 AND 23.

AND A FORECASTED FY 22 AND 23. ON JUNE 17TH, WE HELD A BUDGET WORKSHOP WITH THE CITY COMMISSION PROVIDING AN UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET.

WITH THE ELEVATED REVENUE AVAILABILITY CURRENT AND FUTURE AND EVALUATED FUTURE IMPACTS OF CURRENT YEAR DECISIONS NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. SADLY THIS YEAR'S BUDGET PROCESS HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN WITH THE BACKDROP OF A COVID-19 PANDEMIC PLAGUING THE NATION.

NOW WE'RE AT A POINT WHERE WE HAVE CONFIRMED LOSSES OF THE GENERAL FUND REVENUES OTHER THAN PROPERTY TAXES.

MILLAGE RATE RECOMMENDED IS BEING RECOMMENDED TO REMAIN FLAT AGAIN IS THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH NO CHANGE TO THE MILLAGE RATE.

IT ONLY, THE BUDGET ONLY MAINTAINS CURRENT SERVICE TO TAMARAC RESIDENTS.

IT ONLY FUNDS NECESSARY CAPITAL PROJECTS, PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR SURTAX FUNDING OR PROJECTS THAT ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY THAT NEED ADDITIONAL FUNDING AND IN FY 21.

SO THE CIP MEETING MET AND THEY PUSHED BACK ANY PROJECTS THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY FORECASTED FOR FY 21 THAT CAN BE REASONABLY DEFERRED TO FY 22.

THE DELAY OF SEVERAL PROJECTS WAS NECESSARY EVEN THOUGH WE ALREADY HAD SEVERAL AUSTERITY MEASURES IN PLACE FOR 2021.

NEXT SLIDE.

THESE AUSTERITY MEASURES ARE ALREADY PRESENTED TO YOU IN JUNE. INCLUDED VACANT POSITIONS TO REMAIN UNFILLED, ONLY CERTAIN POSITIONS WILL BE EVALUATED FOR NEW AND AVAILABLE FUNDING.

AND NO NEW POSITIONS, RECLASSIFICATIONS OR CHANGES EXCEPT FOR TWO EXCEPTIONS, SPECIFICALLY WHAT THOSE WERE IN A LATER SLIDE.

THAT INCLUDED A SOFT BAN ON TRAVEL AND TRAINING, WHICH IS BASICALLY SOMETHING THAT WE'RE CONTINUING IN FY 21 FROM FISCAL YEAR 20. ALL CAPITAL EQUIPMENT FUND VEHICLE REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR FY 21 EXCEPT FOR FIRE RESCUE VEHICLES HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO FY 22.

THE ELIMINATED OUT OF A TRANSFER OUT FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND REDUCED THE NON DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BY ALMOST FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

AND THE LAST AUSTERITY MEASURE THAT WAS IN PLACE FOR THE PROPOSED BUDGET WAS A NON TRAVEL BAN OPERATING IN CAPITAL.

A NON TRAVEL BAN OPERATING AND CAPITAL OUTLAY EXPENSES ELIMINATED OR DEFERRED.

THAT REDUCED DEPARTMENT BUDGET REQUESTS BY ALMOST ONE POINT, A LITTLE OVER ONE POINT SIX MILLION DOLLARS.

SOMETHING YOU'D ALREADY WHEN WE BROUGHT YOU THE PROPOSED BUDGET, YOU HAD ALREADY REQUESTED. WE ALREADY GOTTEN DEPARTMENTS TO REDUCE THEIR BUDGET REQUESTS BY ONE POINT SIX MILLION DOLLARS.

NEXT SLIDE. THE TWO EXCEPTIONS TO THE NO NEW POSITIONS AND RECLASSES ARE THE TWO CRITICALLY NEEDED PART TIME POSITIONS IN THE GENERAL FUND, WHICH ARE THE TWO PART TIME PARK RANGERS AND CITY FIREFIGHTER, PARAMEDICS, THIS IS THE FINAL INSTALLMENT, IF YOU WILL, OF A THREE YEAR HIRING PLAN THAT GRADUALLY ADDS A FULL RESCUE UNIT TO FIRE STATION 78.

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SO THE SUMMARY OF THE BUDGET, THE TENTATIVE BUDGET.

THE TENTATIVE BUDGET IS DIFFERENCE OF FOUR POINT FOUR NINE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS.

FROM THE FY 21 PROPOSED BUDGET THAT WE CONSIDERED THAT WE CONSIDERED AT THE JULY 17TH WORKSHOP.

THREE OF THE MAJOR FUND CATEGORY HAVE CHANGES.

ONE OF THE CHANGES IS IN THE GENERAL FUND.

IT'S GOING DOWN BY FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHT THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS.

THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS ARE GOING DOWN BY SIX HUNDRED NINETY NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE ENTERPRISE FUNDS ARE INCREASING BY A LITTLE OVER FIVE POINT SIX MILLION DOLLARS.

NEXT SLIDE..

OK, THE DECREASE TO THE GENERAL FUND REVENUES, IT'S A NET DECREASE AND IT BASICALLY IS MADE UP OF A SMALL INCREASE IN AD VALOREM REVENUE.

WHEN WE GOT A SMALL AND THAT INCREASED AD VALOREM 2,881 DOLLARS.

AND IF YOU RECALL, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT ADOPTING A PRELIMINARY MILLAGE RATE, I TOLD YOU IT WAS VERY LIKELY THAT WE COULD BE BRINGING YOU A BUDGET THAT HAD REDUCED REVENUES OTHER THAN AD VALOREM REVENUES WHEN WE TOOK UP THE TENTATIVE BUDGET IN SEPTEMBER.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE FISCAL ESTIMATES PUT OUT BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN JULY, AMOUNT TO A NET LOSS OF THREE HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE DOLLARS.

THE SPECIFIC REVENUE LINE ITEMS AND THE CHANGES IN EACH ARE IN THAT CHART, BASICALLY SOME OF THE ESTIMATES WEREN'T CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH THAT WE HAD IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

OTHERS WERE TOO CONSERVATIVE. THE NET EFFECT BEING A NET REDUCTION IN REVENUES OF THREE HUNDRED OTHER ADJUSTMENTS WAS A NET DECREASE OF TWENTY THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY NINE DOLLARS ANNUAL TO GENERAL FUND REVENUE. SO ALL THAT TOGETHER, GETS YOU TO THE NET DECREASE OF FOUR HUNDRED EIGHT THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED THIRTY ONE DOLLARS FROM THE PROPOSED 21 BUDGET.

NEXT SLIDE. AS A REMINDER, THE PROPOSED 21 BUDGET ALREADY HAD SOME, WE ALREADY ASSUMED SOME LOSSES IN GENERAL REVENUE.

CURRENT ESTIMATES ARE ASSUMING ALL PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS ACROSS THE BOARD WILL LOSE A TOTAL OF 40 PERCENT OF THE REVENUES IN COMPARISON TO THE LEVELS THAT WERE BEING COLLECTED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.

ACTUALLY THAT REVENUE LOSS COULD, IN FACT, END UP BEING MORE, THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH.

MORE THAN, BECAUSE OF THE CLOSURES AND POSTPONEMENTS THAT ARE DRIVEN BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THAT ARE PERSISTING A LOT LONGER THAN THE CITY'S EXECUTIVE TEAM EVER EXPECTED. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. NOW IN ORDER TO GET TO A DECREASE IN GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES, THE MAIN DRIVERS HERE WERE THE POLICE BUDGET OR REDUCTION TO THE POLICE BUDGET OF ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED FORTY ONE.

WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT BECAUSE THE DEMAND, THE AMOUNT THAT THEIR DEMAND LETTER, INCLUDED OUR ANNUAL PAYMENT FOR THE P-25 COMPLIANCE RADIO PROGRAM.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAD THAT SEPARATELY BUDGETED IN FISCAL YEAR 21 PROPOSED BUDGET, SO BECAUSE IT WAS ALREADY IN WHAT THEY WERE DEMANDING.

WE CAN REDUCE THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET BY THAT AMOUNT AND THEN WE WERE ABLE TO REDUCE THE NON DEPARTMENTAL CONTINGENCY BY TWO HUNDRED FIFTY NINE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY EIGHT DOLLARS, WHICH WERE THE MAIN DRIVERS OF THE FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHT THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED THIRTY ONE DECREASE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. NOW IN THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS, THE SHIP FUND.

WE LEARNED THAT THE GOVERNOR VETOED THE SHIP ALLOCATION FOR FY 21.

WE HAD SIX HUNDRED NINETY NINE THOUSAND SEVENTY BUDGETED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

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THAT VETO REQUIRES US THAT WE HAVE WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT OUT SO WE ARE NOT GOING TO RECEIVE ANY SHIP FUNDING FOR FY 21.

SO THAT'S COMING OUT OF THE BUDGET. THAT'S YOUR REDUCTION.

THAT'S THE ONLY REDUCTION IN SPECIAL REVENUE FUND.

NEXT SLIDE LEVENT.

NOW THAT, THE APPROXIMATE FIVE POINT SIX MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE TO THE ENTERPRISE FUNDS IS ESSENTIALLY DRIVEN BY PUBLIC SERVICES IDENTIFYING A NEED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE THEIR UTILITIES CIP. THEIR UTILITIES CIP IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET TOTALED SIX MILLION NINE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND, THEY NEED TO INCREASE THAT TO NINE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY THREE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DUE TO THE IMPACT THAT COVID, THE PANDEMIC HAD ON PROJECT TIMING AND SCHEDULES.

THEY MOVED SOME UP, THEY MOVED SOME BACK.

THE OVERALL ADJUSTMENT TO THE INCREASE OF TWO POINT SEVEN SIX EIGHT MILLION IN CAPITAL PROJECTS AND UTILITIES RENEWAL AND REPLACEMENT FUND.

BUT IN ORDER TO FUND THAT, IT REQUIRES AN EQUAL TRANSFER FROM THE UTILITIES OPERATING FUND. SO YOU'RE ESSENTIALLY BUDGETING THAT ABOUT TWICE TO GET YOU TO THE BUDGET THAT OPERATING FUND THAT MAKES THE TRANSFER AND YOU ALSO BUDGET IN THE CAPITAL FUND THAT'S FUNDING THE PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE LEVENT. AND THIS IS TABLE SHOWS YOU THE DETAILS OF WHAT THE PROJECTS ARE NOW, THE UTILITIES CAPITAL RECRUITMENT PROGRAM THAT GETS TO THAT NINE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY THREE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY. NEXT SLIDE. AND THE ONLY CHANGES WE'RE MAKING TO THE FINANCIAL POLICIES IS WE'RE UPDATING THE YEARS, THE FISCAL YEARS FOR THE RESERVES. NEXT SLIDE.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF TONIGHT'S PUBLIC HEARING FOR THIS TEMPORARY ORDINANCE, THE CITY COMMISSION MUST ADOPT THE TENTATIVE BUDGET AND THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 AT 5:05 AND NEXT SLIDE. THAT'S IT AND I'M OPEN FOR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CITY MANAGER? THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR. SO JUST AS THIS DISCUSSION HAS GONE ON THIS EVENING, WHILE THE COMMISSION DISCUSSED THE MILLAGE RATE AND AS STAFF HAS SAID DURING BOTH THE MILLAGE RATE AND THE BUDGET PRESENTATIONS, THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF UNKNOWNS FOR US AT THIS TIME. AND A LOT OF WHAT WE THOUGHT WE KNEW IN MAY AND JUNE HASN'T CHANGED AS WE'VE GOTTEN TO SEPTEMBER.

AND AS WE'RE HEADED INTO A NEW FISCAL YEAR.

WE ARE I DARE SAY WE ARE OPERATING IN A VERY FLUID ENVIRONMENT.

AND WHILE THE CORE SERVICES THE CITY PROVIDES WILL GET PROVIDED, REGARDLESS, THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF SERVICES FOR WHICH YOU ARE BUDGETING, PARTICULARLY COMMUNITY EVENTS AND AND HAPPENINGS IN PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMING, PROGRAMING AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER, PROGRAMING IN THE PARKS, ALL OF THE NICE THINGS THAT WE DO THAT WE WANT TO DO, ALL THE THINGS THAT WE ARE LOOKING THAT WE'VE LOOKED TO MAKE BETTER AND CONTINUE TO IMPROVE ON THINGS LIKE THE LIGHT UP THE EAST, THE MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION BLACK HISTORY MONTH, THE ONE TAMARAC FESTIVAL, THE FOURTH OF JULY GO ON AND ON ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT WE TRY TO IMPROVE ON INCREMENTALLY SINCE WE IMPLEMENTED ALL OF THIS PROGRAMING.

AND AT THIS POINT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE BUDGETING FOR CERTAIN THINGS.

WE DO NOT KNOW.

WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOLD ALL OF THOSE EVENTS.

AND I THINK COMMISSIONER GELIN STATED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN'T HAVE JULY FOURTH AND MAYBE WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE IT AGAIN THIS YEAR, DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION WITH COVID, THAT VERY WELL COULD BE THE CASE.

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THIS IS NOT A YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT A GOOD TIME, OBVIOUSLY, TO GATHER PEOPLE TOGETHER STILL. AND WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT COVID, YOU KNOW, DIAGNOSIS AND RATES ARE GOING DOWN, WHICH IS GREAT. BUT WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

AND I'M AFRAID THE RULES HAVE CHANGED THAT ARE GOING TO BE CHANGED FOR A WHILE IN TERMS OF THE THINGS THAT THAT WE CAN DO.

AND SO IN LISTENING TO WHAT I HEARD FROM ALL OF YOU IN MAY AND JUNE WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE BUDGET AND THE THINGS THAT YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AND IN TALKING WITH YOU INDIVIDUALLY SINCE THEN, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, AS WE ARE OPERATING IN THIS VERY FLUID ENVIRONMENT, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE GOING TO NEED TO CONSIDER DOING.

AND SOME ADJUSTMENTS NEEDING TO BE MADE WITHIN THE BUDGET TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT ENVIRONMENT AND TO GIVE YOU, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, THE ABILITY TO BE RESPONSIVE TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS ON A ON A SMALLER SCALE, I WILL SAY, BUT IN A LARGER QUANTITY, IF THAT MAKES SENSE. SO YOU GUYS HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY DURING THE LAST FISCAL YEAR TO HAVE SOME MORE RESOURCES AT YOUR DISPOSAL, TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITHIN YOUR DISTRICTS, TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT OR TO PROVIDE PROGRAMING THAT IS NOT BUDGETED ON A LARGER SCALE FOR PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICT.

AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT I FEEL LIKE IN MANY WAYS, BECAUSE OUR PROGRAMING HAS BEEN REDUCED SO DRAMATICALLY THAT WE ARE LOSING TOUCH IN SOME WAYS WITH OUR WITH OUR COMMUNITY, THERE ARE SOME STEPS THAT I THINK THAT CAN BE TAKEN THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO RECONNECT IN A MORE POSITIVE WAY, ON A SMALLER SCALE WITH WITHIN YOUR DISTRICTS.

AND SO THERE ARE THERE ARE ANY NUMBER OF EVENTS THAT WE ARE HAVING THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN. WE ARE LOOKING AT DOING THINGS BASED ON SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT I HEARD FROM THE VICE MAYOR AND FROM COMMISSIONER FISHMAN AND FROM COMMISSIONER GELIN DURING OUR, YOU KNOW, DURING OUR MAIN MEETINGS UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S TRANSPIRED BETWEEN NOW AND THEN REGARDING THINGS LIKE OUR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION AND WORKING TO IMPROVE THAT. OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND WORKING ON WAYS TO IMPROVE THAT.

I KNOW THAT I'VE HEARD FROM THE VICE MAYOR ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT SHOULD BE A BETTER MONTH THAN IT IS.

AND THE THINGS THAT WE DO ARE NICE, BUT THAT THEY COULD BE BETTER AND WE WOULD LISTEN TO YOU ALL. ABOUT THE QUALITY OF CERTAIN EVENTS THAT WE ARE PUTTING ON AND WE ARE TRYING, YOU KNOW, PARKS AND RECREATION IS TRYING EACH AND EVERY EVENT TO MAKE THE NEXT EVENT BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE THAT WE HAD.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE CHALLENGED WITH THAT IN THIS YEAR.

AND I JUST WANT TO BE SURE THAT THE COMMISSION UNDERSTANDS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THOSE TYPES OF EVENTS, UNDERSTANDING THAT THE CONDITIONS ARE DIFFICULT, BUT THAT OPPORTUNITY WILL PRESENT ITSELF.

AND IF WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE MOVE ONE TAMARAC FROM FEBRUARY TO A LATER DATE, AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED TO ME, THAT, YOU KNOW, WE WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND THAT PARKS IS LOOKING AT THOSE TYPES OF OPTIONS IN ORDER TO TRY TO BRING THE BEST PROGRAMING AND THE MOST PROGRAMING THAT WE CAN DURING THIS TIME.

WE YOU KNOW, WE'VE TALKED IN THE PAST ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TAM-A-GRAM.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE SURVEYS THAT WE'VE DONE IN THE COMMUNITY AND HOW MUCH THE COMMUNITY LIKES IT.

BUT WE'VE TALKED ALSO ABOUT THE EXPENSE ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND IS IT THE BEST WAY TO COMMUNICATE AND WHILE WE'RE NOT PROPOSING TO GET RID OF THE TAM-A-GRAM, WE ARE LOOKING AT YOUR DIRECTION FOR WAYS TO BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE WITH BETTER MARKETING EFFORTS.

AND SO ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT YOU SAID ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU.

WE'VE BEEN LISTENING AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY LOOK BETTER, WHETHER THAT'S, YOU KNOW, BETTER LANDSCAPING, IMPROVED MEDIANS, BETTER HOLIDAY DECORATIONS, BETTER SIGNAGE, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'VE BEEN TELLING US ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU. WE ARE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT AND IN SPITE OF THE CHALLENGES WITH THE BUDGET AND THE

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REVENUE, THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE'RE STILL LOOKING TO IMPROVE UPON.

SO LAST YEAR, YOU MADE A DECISION TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT YOU BUDGETED FOR EXPENSES AND INITIATIVES IN YOUR DISTRICT.

AND I THINK THAT UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES AND THE CHALLENGES THAT WE'RE FACING, IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO RECONSIDER THAT AMOUNT AND TO CONSIDER INCREASING THAT AMOUNT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020 FAIRLY SIGNIFICANTLY.

AND I'D SAY THAT TO YOU, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE ARE WE ARE.

I FEEL LIKE AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE'RE LOSING TOUCH WITH THE COMMUNITY.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AS INDIVIDUAL COMMISSIONERS.

I KNOW THAT YOU'RE ACTIVE IN THE DISTRICTS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION MEETINGS ARE VIRTUAL.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE TUNING IN AND YOU'RE HAVING A VIRTUAL PRESENCE, BUT I KNOW THAT THAT PERSON TO PERSON CONTACT, THAT ORGANIZATIONAL CONTACT THAT'S SO IMPORTANT TO YOU AS ELECTED OFFICIALS HAS BEEN CHANGED.

IT'S BEEN DIMINISHED. IT'S DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS A YEAR AGO WHEN WE WERE HAVING SIMILAR CONVERSATIONS. AND SO I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO CONSIDER, YOU KNOW, HOW WE CONTINUE TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IN A POSITIVE WAY.

AND IF WE NEED TO SHIFT SOME RESOURCES AROUND WITHIN THE BUDGET, THAT'S NOT GOING TO INCREASE THE BUDGET PER SAY.

BUT I THINK THAT NOW IS THE OPERATIVE TIME TO CONSIDER THOSE THINGS.

COMMISSIONER GELIN, I HEARD YOU TALKING ABOUT GIVING CONSIDERATION TO THINGS ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. WE ARE DOING THAT NOW.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT THROUGH THE FISCAL YEAR.

AND IF THERE ARE SOME BUDGET CHANGES THAT WE NEED TO MAKE.

WE'RE GOING TO BRING THOSE TO YOU WITH RECOMMENDATIONS.

IF OUR REVENUES ARE BETTER THAN EXPECTED.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO WE'RE GOING TO COME TO YOU AND SAY THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE DIDN'T CONSIDER DOING BECAUSE OF REVENUES THAT WE THINK WE CAN DO NOW BECAUSE OUR REVENUES AREN'T AS BAD AS WE THOUGHT OR THERE'S STILL THE OPPORTUNITY OR THE CHALLENGE THAT OUR REVENUES COULD BE WORSE THAN EXPECTED AND THAT THE STATE REVENUES THAT WE RECEIVE AND RELY UPON COULD CONTINUE TO SLIDE AS THEY HAVE UP TO INCLUDING, YOU KNOW, AUGUST. AND WE MAY HAVE TO COME BACK AND SAY WE'RE CHALLENGED MORE THAN WE THOUGHT.

WE WEREN'T CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH.

WE NEED TO REDUCE MORE.

SO WE HAVE SOME REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS BUDGET.

IN SPITE OF THE FINANCIAL SITUATION, THERE ARE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES, I THINK THAT OUR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE OUR STATE AND OUR NATIONAL LEGISLATORS ARE VITAL AND THAT YOU PROVIDING INPUT TO THE LAWMAKERS IN TALLAHASSEE AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

AS FELLOW ELECTED OFFICIALS DIRECTLY AND THROUGH OUR LOBBYISTS ARE GOING TO BE IMPORTANT.

SO YOU MAY HAVE TO SPEND SOME MORE TIME IN TALLAHASSEE THIS YEAR AND YOU MAY HAVE TO SPEND SOME MORE TIME IN WASHINGTON.

AND WHILE WE'VE DIMINISHED YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET, YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN MAY, THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE DIFFERENT THAN THEY ARE NOW. AND WE'VE SEEN OUR GOVERNOR TAKE SOME ACTIONS THAT DON'T BENEFIT US.

AND SOMEHOW I THINK YOU, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, NEED TO BE IN THE EAR OF OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND OUR STATE SENATOR AND IN THE EAR OF THE GOVERNOR, WHETHER THAT'S DIRECTLY OR WHETHER IT'S THROUGH OUR LOBBYIST.

I THINK THAT THOSE FOLKS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT ARE BEING CREATED FOR US BY THE STATE.

AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, THERE'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE SOME TRAVEL THAT OCCURRED THAT'S NOT BEING ACCOUNTED FOR AT THIS POINT.

AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THE FLUIDITY OF OUR OF OUR BUDGET, THERE WILL BE ADJUSTMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE REQUIRED, BUT THERE WILL BE RESOURCES, I BELIEVE, IN THERE TO DO THIS.

AND AS MUCH AS THIS YEAR SEEMS QUITE CHALLENGED AS WE GO INTO IT, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT FOR YOU AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WITH YOUR GUIDANCE, WE ARE CONNECTED AND COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY AS WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN.

AND SO WITH THAT, MADAM MAYOR THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO TACK ON TO WHAT JEFF AND CHRISTINE SAID. I'M DONE.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS FROM THE CITY MANAGER, I EXPECT, EVEN THOUGH I THINK WHEN WE HAD OUR BUDGET MEETINGS, THE EXTENT OF THE PANDEMIC WASN'T WIDELY KNOWN.

BUT I THINK I CAN'T SPEAK FOR EVERYONE.

BUT I THINK AT LEAST FOR MY PART, I DON'T EXPECT TO FULFILL A LOT OF THE GOALS AND PLANS

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AND IDEAS THAT I HAVE FOR NEXT YEAR, GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON.

I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE SOME COMMUNITY EVENTS IF ALLOWABLE THROUGH THE COUNTY ORDINANCE AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS BECAUSE PEOPLE DO MISS BEING TOGETHER.

AND THIS BEING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH, WHEN PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THAT CONNECTION, THEY START FEELING THAT LONELINESS AND REALIZE THAT WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO WORK, THAT WAS THEIR FAMILY. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THINGS CAN HAPPEN.

SO GIVEN THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, I DO THINK I DO EXPECT NEXT YEAR TO BE A PRETTY QUIET YEAR. AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FALL BASED ON THE ON THE REGULAR FLU COMBINED WITH THE PANDEMIC.

AND AS WE'VE SEEN EARLIER THIS YEAR, ONCE THE NUMBERS START GOING DOWN, PEOPLE START GETTING COMFORTABLE, THEY GET LAX, THEY GO OUT MORE AND THEN IT RISES UP AGAIN.

SO I EXPECT NEXT YEAR TO BE A DOWN YEAR.

I DO EXPECT THAT WE'RE STILL GOING TO BE DOING SOME OF THIS.

HOPEFULLY WE WON'T. BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY EXPECTATION IN TERMS OF HAVING THESE GREAT BIG EVENTS THAT IT'S GOING TO COST A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY.

I'D LOVE TO HAVE THE 5K IF THAT WAS SAFE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GELIN. COMMISSIONER FISHMAN.

I KIND OF ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF COMMISSIONER GELIN THAT I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE AT LEAST THROUGH NEXT SUMMER WITH VERY FEW LARGE EVENTS BEING ABLE TO BE HAD BECAUSE OF THIS CURRENT SITUATION.

I WOULD LIKE TO TALK A BIT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE STATE FUNDING THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE GETTING, SUCH AS THE SHIP FUNDS.

SHIP FUNDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO SOME OF THE MAJOR REHAB PROGRAMS THAT WE DO.

AND I'D LIKE TO ASK MS. CALLOWAY, THROUGH THE MAYOR, TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT LOSS OF FUNDS IS GOING TO MEAN TO OUR RESIDENTS.

MS. CALLOWAY. COMMISSIONER, WE WILL BE RECEIVING SOME SHIP FUNDING, NOT THE ALLOCATION AS PRESENTED IN THE POWERPOINT, NOT SIX HUNDRED NINETY NINE THOUSAND AS WE EXPECTED.

SO WE WILL BE RECEIVING A REDUCED AMOUNT.

HOWEVER, THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE FUNDED BY THE SHIP FUNDS ARE YOUR MINOR HOME INSPECTION PROGRAM, WHICH IS A REHAB PROGRAM.

AND THAT PROGRAM IS ALSO FUNDED BY CDBG.

OUR CDBG ALLOCATION WENT UP JUST A BIT, BUT WE WILL BE GETTING THAT ALLOCATION AS WELL.

AND SO THOSE PROGRAMS WILL STILL BE ADMINISTERED COMING NEXT FISCAL YEAR, WHICH PRIMARILY IS A MINOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM.

SO WE WERE VERY EXCITED WHEN WE SAW THAT ALMOST SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS, BUT THE PROGRAMS WILL STILL CONTINUE ESSENTIALLY AS THEY'VE DONE AS WE HAVE HAD THEM IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

THAT IS GOOD TO HEAR BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THAT'S A POPULAR PROGRAM AND A NECESSARY PROGRAM FOR SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO DO THOSE MINOR HOME REPAIRS ON THEIR OWN.

ABSOLUTELY. AND IT'S A PROGRAM THAT WAS MOST RECENTLY SHOWCASED IN THE VIDEO YOU SAW AT THE LAST COMMISSION MEETING THAT HOME WAS FUNDED THROUGH THOSE FUNDS.

RIGHT. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME THEN IF THERE IS NO ONE ELSE IN THE COMMISSION THAT WISHES TO SPEAK UP.

WE WILL OPEN THIS UP.

TEMPORARY ORDINANCE NUMBER 2435.

PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN.

MADAM CLERK, IS THERE ANYBODY WISHING TO SPEAK? I HAVE NO ONE SIGNED UP AND NO ONE SUBMITTED ANY COMMENTS FOR THIS ITEM.

EXCELLENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

A PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW CLOSED.

I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO SET TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET, CAPITAL BUDGET AND FINANCIAL POLICIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021.

I MAKE A MOTION TO SET THE TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET AND CAPITAL BUDGET AND FINANCIAL POLICIES AS PROPOSED.

SECOND.

IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THIS MOTION? I ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION FOR CITY MANAGER. YOU MENTIONED INCREASES IN INCENTIVES.

IS THAT ALREADY CONSIDERED IN OUR BUDGET AT THIS TIME? YOU'RE MUTED.

UNMUTE. THAT SEEMS TO BE THE MOST POPULAR PHRASE ON ZOOM AND TEAMS CALLS,

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UNMUTED YOURSELF.

SO UNMUTED, MADAM MAYOR, THE THE FLUIDITY THAT I THAT I SPOKE OF IS NOT YET CONSIDERED IN THE BUDGET DOCUMENT.

WE'LL BE MAKING SOME CHANGES BETWEEN THE FIRST READING AND THE SECOND READING THAT ARE NOT GOING TO IMPACT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE BUDGET.

BUT WE WANT THE BUDGET TO REFLECT THE RESOURCES IN THE RIGHT PLACE, THE NEED TO THE NEED TO BE THERE TO GET THE JOB DONE SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU GUYS IN TERMS OF BEING CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY AND BEING ABLE TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY, NOT JUST HERE, BUT EVERYWHERE THAT YOU NEED TO REPRESENT.

AND I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME.

YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY WANTS TO HAVE THE TURKEY TROT.

I KNOW GELIN. BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME THING.

I KNOW. AND I KNOW COMMISSIONER GELIN DOESN'T WANT ANYBODY TO KNOW THIS, BUT HE'S BEEN TRAINING HARD FOR THE TURKEY TROT THIS YEAR.

THIS IS GOING TO BE YOUR YEAR, RIGHT? BUT I'M AFRAID IT'S GOING TO BE A VIRTUAL EVENT.

ANYWAY, THE MADAM MAYOR, YOUR QUESTION HAD MORE TO DO WITH WE NEED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS IN COMMISSION TRAVEL.

WE NEED TO MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS IN YOUR INITIATIVES OR EXPENSES, AND WE NEED TO BRING THAT BACK TO YOU FORMALLY NEXT TIME.

SO THAT, SO THAT IT'S CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT.

BUT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH WILL GET OUT TO YOU PRIOR TO THE NEXT MEETING SO THAT EVERYBODY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THOSE INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN WE CAN HAVE MORE DISCUSSION ABOUT IT IF MORE DISCUSSION IS NECESSARY AT THE SECOND READING OF THE BUDGET.

BUT THOSE THINGS THAT I THAT I MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, THE INCENTIVES, THE COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION, THE EVENTS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IMPROVE UPON, ALL OF THOSE THINGS NEED BETTER OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY.

PARKS AND RECREATION IS REALLY STRIVING RIGHT NOW TO FIND MORE WAYS TO TAKE, YOU KNOW, PROGRAMING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, VICE MAYOR BOLTON HAS FOR YEARS TALKED ABOUT TRYING TO GIVE HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE TO THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE TALK TO YOU A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO ABOUT HOW THESE PODS THAT WE WERE TRYING TO ESTABLISH IN ORDER THAT THE KIDS COULD COME TO A CITY FACILITY AND BE PART OF A POD DURING VIRTUAL SCHOOL SO THAT THEY WERE SUPERVISED AND THAT THEY WERE ON THE COMPUTER AND THAT THEY WERE PAYING ATTENTION AND THAT WHEN THEY WERE DONE, THEY COULD GET SOME HELP.

AND THAT PROGRAM WAS NOT NEARLY AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE HAD HOPED.

AND PARKS IS STILL WORKING TO TRY TO IMPROVE THAT.

BUT AS FAR AS KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL HERE SHORTLY, I THINK THAT THE VICE MAYOR'S VISION FOR HAVING SOME HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE MAY WELL GET OFFERED THROUGH PARKS AND RECREATION IN THE DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS.

IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO REACH OUT TO SOME OF THE HOAS AND TAKE THAT PROGRAM TO THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF ASKING PEOPLE TO COME TO US.

THAT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE.

I KNOW WE HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF RECREATION EXAMPLES WHERE WE WANT TO TRY TO DO CLASSES OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE'VE TRIED IT BEFORE.

WE WEREN'T AS SUCCESSFUL AS WE'D HOPED TO BE.

I KNOW GREG WARNER HAS RECOMMITTED TO TRYING TO MAKE THAT WORK, RECOGNIZING THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS DIFFERENT NOW AND POSSIBLE.

WE COULD HAVE SOME MORE SUCCESS IN SMALL GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY AS OPPOSED TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER. I DON'T KNOW WHEN THE COMMUNITY CENTER, FOR INSTANCE, IS GOING TO REOPEN. WE ARE CHALLENGED WITH SO MUCH OF THIS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, WE'VE BEEN LISTENING TO WHAT THE COMMISSION HAS BEEN SAYING TO US OVER THE YEARS, AND WE ARE TRYING TO REACH OUT AND TO RECONNECT AND REENGAGE THE COMMUNITY WITH SOME OF THESE THINGS IN DIFFERENT WAYS THAN WE'VE DONE IT IN THE PAST.

BUT RECOGNIZING THE SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU'VE ALL MADE.

SO THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME CHANGES, MADAM MAYOR, AS WE TRY TO REEVALUATE SOME OF THE FLUIDITY THAT I DISCUSSED AND WE'LL GET THOSE CHANGES OUT TO YOU.

I LIKE I SAID, IN BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND READING SO THAT YOU CAN CONSIDER THEM INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A BIT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THEM AT YOUR NEXT MEETING. THANK YOU ARE SO FLUID. UNTIL OUR NEXT MEETING.

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SEEING NO OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, MADAM CLERK PLEASE CALL THE ROLL.

COMMISSIONER FISHMAN. YES.

VICE MAYOR BOLTON. YEAH.

COMMISSIONER GELIN. YES.

COMMISSIONER PLACKO. YES.

MAYOR GOMEZ. YES.

TO 2435 PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

FIVE TO ZERO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THE SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON SETTING THE OPERATING MILLAGE RATE AND ADOPTING THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021 WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 AT 5:05 PM.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY OUR CITY STAFF, WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO PREPARE FOR THIS DAY. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON SEPTEMBER 29TH.

WE'LL HAVE A COMMISSION MEETING BEFORE THEN.

THIS MEETING IS NOW ADJOURNED.

IT IS 8:25 PM.

GOODNIGHT, GO HOME SAFELY.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.