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VOL. 31 NO. 9                                    FAX 561-624-9088 • E-MAIL                                    SEPTEMBER 2021

      Commissioner’s Update

      County Budget Crunch Time                          collected from your property taxes) include economic     shortfall for the coming fiscal year. In order to avoid
                                                                                                             The Board had to find a way to fill a $46.4 million
                                                         development, housing and homelessness, environmental
      By County Commissioner                             protection, infrastructure, substance abuse and behavioral   substantial cuts to reserves, department budgets and
      Maria Marino                                       disorders, and public safety.                     staffing, the Sheriff’s Department (PBSO), and Supervisor
         In a previous article,                             For  the  11th straight year, the  Board  has  set  the   of Elections’ budgets, the Board approved the allocation
      I described the many                               countywide millage rate – the tax rate per $1,000 of your   of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars for eligible
      responsibilities of a county                       real property’s value – at 4.7815 mils. This will generate   expenses, which include capital improvement projects for
      commissioner. Probably                             approximately $1.054 billion, a 4.8 percent increase,   PBSO and county facilities. Those funds must be under
      one of the most important                          given the increase in property values.            contract  by fiscal  year 2024  and spent by  fiscal year
      of those duties is the                                Revenue sources for the general fund include property   2026. While this is not a recurring, long-term solution to
      adoption of a balanced                             taxes (63.3 percent), fund balance – the excess of fund   shortfalls, budget analysts anticipate a gradual return of
      budget for each fiscal year,                       assets over liabilities (17.5 percent), intergovernmental   revenues to pre-pandemic levels over the next five years.
      which begins every Oct. 1.                         revenues – in the form of grants, entitlements, shared      For an in-depth look at the county’s tax dollars and
      The budget, which funds                            revenues, or payments in lieu of taxes (13.2 percent),   financial health, and important economic trends, the clerk
      many vital services to the public, is really a plan to   licenses, permits and fees (3 percent), charges for services   of the circuit court and comptroller publishes annually
      accomplish goals and objectives identified as necessary   (2.6 percent), and interfund transfers (.4 percent).  a citizen’s guide known as Checks & Balances. You can
      to the purpose of your county government. Included in the      The pandemic dealt epic public health and economic   find it online at, or,
      budget are estimates of the appropriations of the resources   hardships to individuals, families and businesses, and   you may contact them by phone at (561) 355-2468 or by
      required, the tax and nontax revenues available to support   at the same time, county revenues came up short, to the   email at
      implementation of projects and programs, and the number   tune of $74 million since fiscal year 2019. Gas taxes, the     As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
      of staff positions estimated to fulfill the optimum level   infrastructure sales tax, and parks and recreation fees were   to you by calling (561) 355-2201 or send an email to
      of service.                                        down a combined $17.7 million this past fiscal year. All the
         Strategic priorities identified by the Board of County   while, costs for providing public services and constructing
      Commissioners for ad valorem funding (the money    capital improvement projects continue to go up.
      Northern Notes

      Be Prepared For All Types                          higher. These storms                              Thunderstorms And Lightning
                                                         form in the southern

                                                                                                             Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from
      Of Natural Disasters                               Atlantic  Ocean,                                  weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims
                                                         Caribbean Sea,                                    survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety
      By Katie Roundtree,                                Gulf of Mexico, and                               of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are
      Finance Director, Northern                         the eastern Pacific                               dangerous storms that include lightning and can include
      Palm Beach County                                  Ocean. Hurricanes                                 powerful winds over 50 mph, hail, flash flooding and
      Improvement District                               develop in four                                   tornadoes.
      Get The Facts: Know Your                           stages:  tropical
      Risk                                               disturbance, tropical
         Hurricane season started                        depression, tropical
      June 1 in our area, and for                        storm and finally, hurricane.
      many, that is when residents                          Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on
      begin to prepare for weather-                      sustained wind speed. The Atlantic hurricane season runs
      related emergencies. But all                       generally from June 1 to Nov. 30, with the peak season from
      types of natural disasters                         mid-August to late October. To prepare for these powerful
      can affect us at any time of year. Knowing what to do   storms, learn whether your property is flood-prone, prepare
      before, during and after an emergency is a critical part   an emergency kit, secure your property against high winds
      of being prepared and may make all the difference when   and water damage, and know evacuation routes.
      seconds count. See below for information about potential      Trim trees and shrubs now since garbage collection
      emergencies that can happen throughout the year and how   may stop once tropical storm force winds affect the
      to prepare for and respond to them.                area. After the storm, make sure to separate yard trash
      Hurricanes                                         from household garbage and recycling. Be patient –
         Hurricanes can cause loss of life and catastrophic   the first priority for garbage collection is to restore
      damage to property on coastlines and several hundred miles   normal collection of household garbage and food waste.   Tree struck by lightning in PGA National
      inland. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone or severe tropical   Depending on the severity of the storm, it could take three
      storm with sustained winds reaching speeds of 74 mph or   to six weeks for the first collection of storm debris.   Northern Notes on page 6
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