As part of the City’s annual Business Planning process, the City of Coral Springs met to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and develop a sound financial strategy, focusing on the City’s strategic priorities and our resident’s needs.

This year, a Special Commission Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 23 from 5:15 to 7 p.m.  At this meeting, Commissioners adopted the TRIM notice, which is the proposed millage rate, and approved the Fire Assessment Fee and the Solid Waste Assessment Fee.  In addition, City staff presented a recommended list of initiatives including the addition of three police officers for the patrol unit and adopting a number of recommendations from the Economic Development Strategic Plan.

City staff has recommended no change in the millage rate. Although the FY 2015 millage rate of $4.5697 is the same as it was for FY 2014, the rate is not final until the Commission sets the rate at the first public budget hearing on Friday, September 12 at 5:15 p.m., and adopts it at the second public hearing on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to no change in the millage rate, other points from the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that are worth highlighting, including:

  • Fiscal Year 2015 marks the third year in a row that Total Taxable Assessed Values have increased following five years of decline.
  • There will be no increase in the single-family Fire Assessment Fee.
  • Per contract, the residential Solid Waste Assessment will increase by the rate of inflation, 2.2%, from $220.92 in Fiscal Year 2014 to $225.84, or $4.92 per household.
  • The Debt Service Millage rate will increase by just $0.0005 or 0.2%. This represents an increase of $1.78 for the typical single-family homeowner.
  • There will be no increase in user fees such as building permits, fire inspections, or park fees.

Overall the typical single-family homesteaded homeowner will pay about $22.10 more to the City in Fiscal Year 2015 than in Fiscal Year 2014. Furthermore, the typical non-homesteaded condominium owner will pay $44.49 more in Fiscal Year 2015.

Kamp Kaleidoscope is a unique five day, 2 hour art program designed exclusively for children age 6 to 12 with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Led by professional artists, the participants will explore a variety of art mediums to experience creative play and art making.

The session runs

August 11-15 from

9am – 11am.  This session is limited to 10 artists, register early!

 

littlelibraryThe City has launched its second Little Free Library located at the back parking lot of City Hall, located at 9551 W. Sample Road. The wooden box is now available for anyone to donate and borrow books.

The first library, built and donated by Michelle Faerman and her family, was installed at Mullins Park behind Volunteer Services. These boxes are designed to work as a free book exchange and promote literacy. Anyone can take a book, and in return simply leave another book in its place or return it shortly thereafter. “We have a steady flow of traffic to our Little Free Library behind Volunteer Services, with a lot of children visiting and leaving us notes that they are so happy that we have this for them,” Volunteer Coordinator Kim Sanecki said. If you’d like to donate a book that is in good condition, whether it be adult or children’s books, feel free to drop them off at any Little Free Library around town.

IMG_2174The Coral Springs Chargers football is getting ready for the upcoming season. The team holds practices and home games at Mullins Park. Here the teams practice. First game is against PPO on August 9.

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The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Coral Springs, Florida, is being recognized for its performance management efforts with a Certificate of Excellence from the ICMA Center for Performance Analytics™. “The City’s performance management and performance measurement programs are important tools we use to make our service delivery more effective and efficient and is also an important method for communicating those results to our customers,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said. “I am proud we’ve been recognized as a leader in this important endeavor.”   ICMA assesses a local government’s performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement. It also encourages accountability and transparency. Certificates are awarded at the levels of Achievement, Distinction, and Excellence.  Coral Springs is among 29 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence – the highest level awarded.   “Jurisdictions meeting the qualifications have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement,” said Randall H. Reid, ICMA Director of Performance Initiatives, “and they serve as examples for other governments to follow.”

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