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September 17, 2008: City adopts lowest millage rate among large municipalities and honors locals’ accomplishments

On Tuesday, September 16, 2008, the City Commission had a final public hearing on the Truth in Millage (TRIM) rate of $3.3651 and approved the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The City of Coral Springs maintains the lowest operating millage rate among municipalities in Broward County with a population of more than 70,000. 

While the operating millage will remain the same as last year, the debt service millage will decline by .6 percent. This means that the owner of a home assessed at the Coral Springs average will save at least $60 in City taxes next year. User fees and the fire and solid waste assessment fees will increase only by the rate of inflation.

After the public hearing, the City Commission convened for a regularly scheduled meeting and made the following recognitions and proclamations:

· Recognized the Volunteer Auxiliary Board of Directors and volunteers from Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center. “Being a tax-assisted hospital, every hour these volunteers give help us to keep the tax dollars low, keep our payroll low and keep the hospital running very smoothly, so thank you very much,” CEO of Coral Springs Medical Center Patrick Maloney said. These dedicated individuals have given generously of their time and effort to help our community hospital and have donated either more than 15 years or 10,000 hours of voluntary service.  “You are a blessing and an inspiration,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said. “We are so grateful for your service.”

· Recognized Westchester Elementary School students, Niccolla Emanuel and Richa Parikh, for taking first place in the Broward County North Area Social Studies Spelling Bee for fourth graders.

· Recognized Sarah Benckenstein for hosting “Rock for the Cure” to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The rock concert featured 12 local bands at the Sportsplex in Coral Springs. “My sister has diabetes and has had the disease since she was 10. Now she is 32. I wanted to help my sister by donating to the charity as well as doing a community service project for the Silver Knight Scholarship,” said the 17-year old student from Coral Springs High School. Initially the concert was rained out, but Benckenstein made it bigger and better the next time around and raised $6,200 for the cause. The event was co-sponsored by the Paul Green School of Rock Music – Coral Springs and QuickTrackz Recording Studios. The City also contributed to the stage and Sportsplex cost.

· Proclaimed the week of September 17 to September 23, 2008, as “Constitution Week” in the City of Coral Springs. The purpose of this week is to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and preserving it for posterity. It also reminds people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.

· Recognized Mr. Mark Anoff for his outstanding service as Vice Chair of the Coral Springs Customer-Involved Government Committee. “I would like to encourage all the citizens of Coral Springs to take the time – it only takes a few hours a month – to get involved within the City. You get to meet great people and do great things for our great community,” Anoff said. “Unfortunately, I have left the community, but my heart hasn’t, so I encourage all residents to participate.”

· Recognized the outgoing Planning and Zoning Board members, Mr. Robe

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