Commission Supports County Sales Tax Increase

Broward’s proposed penny sales tax hasn’t been approved by voters but Commissioner Tom Green already has hopes for the money.

If approved by voters, the money would be divided between the cities and the county. County officials estimate the increase would generate $310 million the first year and $12.6 billion over 30 years.

Green, during the April 26 meeting where the commission passed a resolution in support of putting the increase on the November ballot, said the money could be used to improve roads, parks and build a new fire station.

“We can get to serious work on Colohatchee Park. It could help us out in so many ways,” he said. Green suggested the new station, if built, might be placed in a better location.

Recently, commissioners approved spending $28,900 to repair 52 of the 150 pilings supporting the boardwalk at Colohatchee. According to city documents, the work, awarded to Deerfield Beach firm B&M Marine Construction, won’t interfere with the park’s usage by members of the public. This is the first phase of the boardwalk piling repair project. In the future, more funds will be requested by city staff to complete the rest of the project.

According to City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson, the city has received a $50,000 grant for Colohatchee and $50,000 for Mickel Field. “We strategically only applied for small projects,” Henderson said.


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