Gnorb.NET Florida (although mostly Broward) Voter Guide

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  • THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF NEW AND EXISTING JUDICIAL COURTHOUSES BY ISSUING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

    Shall Broward County fund the construction and development of a courthouse complex to replace the existing, outdated and overcrowded courthouse complex serving the needs of the court system; and renovations to three aging existing satellite courthouses; all which are necessary in response to demands of the rapidly growing County by issuing general obligation bonds not exceeding $450,000,000, bearing interest not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years, payable from ad valorem taxes?

    If you vote for it: You’re voting for the city to issue bonds which mature in 30 years for $450 million in order to pay for improvements to courthouses.

    If you vote against it: You’re voting against the city issuing bonds to pay for improvements to courthouses.

    Gnorb’s Take on It: The current courthouse system was build in the 1960’s, when Broward had less than 350,000 residents. We now have almost 4 times that. We need better courthouses. I vote YES, and recommend you do yourself a favor and buy some of those bonds.

  • FUNDING FOR COUNTY-WIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

    Shall Broward County implement an enhanced county-wide plan to reduce traffic congestion, synchronize traffic signals, improve roads, expand transportation services for seniors and disabled individuals, provide expanded, more frequent bus services, provide safe facilities and amenities and provide convenient rapid transit systems and services, by levying a one-percent sales tax for transportation purposes only, with proceeds deposited in a designated trust fund with oversight of expenditures provided by a citizens advisory committee?

    If you vote for it: You’re agreeing to a 1% sales tax increase (from 6% to 7%) to pay for a bunch of public transportation and road improvements.

    If you vote against it: You’re saying no to the increased sales tax for this reason.

    Gnorb’s Take on It: While I support the use of sales tax dollars to pay for this type of improvement, I don’t find the current system inadequate. I vote NO, but with reservation.

  • NON-BINDING BALLOT QUESTION PORTABILITY OF THE SAVE OUR HOMES HOMESTEAD VALUE LIMITATION

    Shall the Florida Constitution be amended to allow Broward County residents, for purposes of ad valorem real estate taxes, to transfer the amount of their Save Our Homes homestead value limitation to the assessed value of a newly-acquired homestead exempt property within Broward County, as provided by law?

    Gnorb’s Take on It: This is pretty straight forward, so I’m not going to bother explaining it. If you have a home, and you don’t mind amending the Florida Constitution, and you qualify for this, then vote for it. I don’t fall into any of those categories, so I vote NO.

  • NONBINDING REFERENDUM ELECTION: Straw Ballot Establish a Broward Watershed Improvement District by the Broward Soil and Water Conservation District.

    Shall a Watershed Improvement District be established as an Independent Body to benefit the Health, Welfare, and Safety of Broward County, to Develop and Coordinate Local, State, and Federal programs for Preservation and Management of Soil and Water Resources in order to Reduce Non-Point Source Pollution, Implement Watershed Conservation and Planning, Provide Urban Environmental Education Programs, Restore Ecosystems and Wildlife Habitat, Reduce Flooding, and Protect Waterways and Beaches?

    Gnorb’s Take on It: This is a non-binding resolution, so it’s a step in the right direction, although it leaves a lot of room for change and improvement. It establishes a body to benefit the health, welfare, and safety of Broward county, coordinates soil and water preservation and management programs, and implements watershed conservation planning. I vote YES.

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