The City of Parkland (City) City Commission voted unanimously in favor of the proposed $48 million Fiscal Year 2017 budget at Wednesday evening’s Commission meeting.  The vote came after a series of public hearings and public comments weighed by the Commission.  The general fund budget is $30,600,000—a $1.2 million increase over last year and the City’s taxable value increased by $452 million due to new construction and the continuing trend of increasing property values in Parkland.
The tax rate decreased modestly for the fifth consecutive year to 3.981 and remains one of the lowest in Broward County.  The fire assessment fee remains $210 for the seventh straight year and, per the City’s contract with Waste Management, the solid waste assessment fee increased $5.64 over the 2016 rate and is now $360.36.
Parkland Mayor Michael Udine said: “a fiscally sound Parkland means we can operate on reserves instead of creating new debt, it means we can sustain a high volume of projects to ensure the City continues to improve and stay as safe as we have all come to expect.  It’s also rewarding to be able to not raise taxes.  We’ve lowered the tax rate now for a fifth year in a row and we remain fiscally strong—in Parkland we really have the best of both worlds.”