Tamarac Commission Remains Undecided on Millage Rate after 6 Hour Budget Meeting

Tamarac Commission Remains Undecided on Millage Rate

By Sherry Nabbie-Singh

After a six-hour budget meeting, the Tamarac city commission remains undecided on the millage rate next year. 

The budget meeting on July 7 included individual presentations by all department heads and a recommendation that the millage rate is kept at the current rate of 7.2899.

Commissioner Marlon Bolton, who remained undecided on his vote throughout the meeting, noted that the city would have more money because property values increased.

With many of his constituents hurting financially, Commissioner Mike Gelin asked City Manager Mike Cernech what they were doing to improve the services offered to residents in exchange for the tax increase and reduce costs without compromising service.

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“I’ll pose this question to you,” said Cernech. “Now, I don’t disagree with anything that Commissioner Gelin said, really, but ask yourself this, how much did your property insurance go up this year? And what did you get for it? Nothing.  How much has food gone up in the last twelve months, and how much more have you gotten for it?”

If the rollback rate was adopted, Commissioner Debra Placko what would come out of the general fund. Cernech said about $2 million would be eliminated from the general fund.

“Personal costs are our most significant costs, and when you have to reduce, we essentially have to look to get rid of people,” said Cernech.

Placko suggested mulling it over until the next meeting on July 14, stating that cutting services were not beneficial to the residents, bringing up the 2009 park closures, which she said caused a lot of anger in the community.

City 2020 Millage Rate 2019 Millage Rate 2018 Millage Rate
LAUDERHILL 24.3986 25.0802 23.3904
LAUDERDALE LAKES 23.8038 23.9354 24.4824
HOLLYWOOD 22.0054 22.1630 22.5087
MARGATE 21.8471 22.0070 21.8317
PEMBROKE PARK 21.5818 21.8340 22.0877
WEST PARK 21.5818 21.8340 22.2377
NORTH LAUDERDALE 21.5088 21.6404 22.2724
SEA RANCH LAKES 21.4573 21.5889 22.3584
TAMARAC 21.3987 21.5303 22.1362
HOLLYWOOD 20.9784 21.2566 21.3240
COCONUT CREEK 20.6466 20.7782 20.9094
HALLANDALE BEACH 20.6340 20.7502 19.3875
SUNRISE 20.5907 20.5806 21.2017
DEERFIELD BEACH 20.5633 20.6949 21.3591
OAKLAND PARK 20.5187 20.3284 20.9279
DEERFIELD BEACH 20.4648 20.5964 21.2731
PLANTATION 20.3283 20.4768 20.6724
POMPANO BEACH 20.3142 20.4715 20.1836
DANIA BEACH 20.2706 20.4092 21.0186
WILTON MANORS 20.2690 20.4940 21.3271
CORAL SPRINGS 20.2232 20.3670 19.8654
POMPANO BEACH 20.2157 20.3730 20.0976
MIRAMAR 20.1990 20.4512 20.3531
DAVIE 19.9924 20.1527 20.4686
FORT LAUDERDALE 19.5148 19.5261 20.0801
COOPER CITY 19.3098 20.1442 20.1149
DANIA BEACH 19.2436 19.5028 19.8339
PEMBROKE PINES 19.1827 19.4540 19.8258
UNINCORPORATED 19.0632 19.1948 19.7268
DAVIE 18.9654 19.2463 19.2839
LAZY LAKE 18.9028 19.0344 19.5655
FORT LAUDERDALE 18.5484 18.6832 19.1387
FORT LAUDERDALE 18.4499 18.5847 19.0527
PARKLAND 18.4067 18.6404 18.7524
LIGHTHOUSE POINT 18.3512 18.5102 18.6476
UNINCORPORATED 18.0362 18.2884 18.5421
LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA 17.7073 17.8389 18.5457
HILLSBORO BEACH 17.7073 17.8389 18.3584
WESTON 17.4552 17.5868 17.1624
SOUTHWEST RANCHES 17.3318 17.9904 18.0506
WESTON 16.4282 16.6804 15.9777

Vice Mayor Elvin Villalobos inquired whether the city budgeted for an unanticipated recession in the future, to which Cernech confirmed the city would make necessary changes.

Near the workshop’s end and no closer to a decision, Bolton said, “I have not made up my mind as yet, but this is one of the things where you are going to need four votes, and you may not have it, so plan accordingly.”

Bolton exited similarly to Gelin’s abrupt exit at the last meeting while the rest of the commission laughed, with Cernech saying, “This is going up on Tamarac Talk as we speak.”

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