Broward County Commissioners cut the property tax rate for FY2017 by one-percent from the year before. Homeowners with a homestead exemption should see no increase in the county portion of their property tax bill. Commissioners gave tentative approval to a FY2017 budget totaling $4.7 billion, which includes all tax supported and non-tax supported funds. The proposed one-percent reduction sets the FY2017 millage rate at 5.669. Overall the total budget increases by $505 million primarily due to key projects at Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Water and Wastewater services. These projects create jobs and economic development opportunities using enterprise funds that do not rely on taxpayer dollars for support. Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Fund investments include $286 million to modernize and improve airport terminals and other infrastructure at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Port Everglades robustly moves forward with $55-million for projects to improve cargo and cruise passenger operations as Broward County continues its tradition as a world class seaport and airport. Infrastructure improvements in County water and sewer systems move forward with an $82-million dollar boost in FY 2017 funding. The fiscal year ahead welcomes the opening of the new 40-thousand square foot Animal Care and Adoption facility and the new Pompano Beach Library, providing services for residents and visitors in state of the art buildings. Innovative programs to address homelessness such as rapid rehousing and supportive, permanent housing and homeless assistance centers will benefit from an approved increase of $1.9 million. The FY2017 budget earmarks a total of $13 million for homelessness services. The Broward Sheriff’s Office will receive $460.2 million in FY2017, approximately half of all county property tax dollars received and a $24.2-million increase from the year before. Overall budgets for the Constitutional Offices and County Agencies (excluding the Property Appraiser’s Office) increase by 5.5 percent. The FY2017 budget won’t be final until the public has a second opportunity to comment at a second and final public hearing on September 27th beginning at 5:01 p.m. at the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale. Final budget approval is expected at the end of the meeting. The fiscal year 2017 budget begins on October 1, 2016.