What is Broward County Charter Amendment Two?
Shall local authority prevail on November 3, 2020? Broward County is proposing to bypass City of Parkland ordinances on zoning, and construction projects on County-owned property or leased property. It's our community. Should Parkland residents have the final say?
On the ballot, Broward County is proposing to place the information below:
COUNTY REGULATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SURTAX-FUNDED TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ON COUNTY PROPERTY
“To facilitate implementation of surtax-funded improvements to the countywide transportation system, shall the Broward County Charter be amended to provide that County ordinances regulating the development, including zoning, permitting, construction, operation, or administration, of transportation improvement projects that are (1) on County-owned or County-leased property and (2) funded in whole or in part with proceeds from the transportation surtax approved by the County’s voters in 2018, prevail over conflicting Municipal ordinances?”
FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT: It is estimated that this amendment will have no financial impact to Broward County.
When was this ballot question decided on?
On August 20, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners by a 6-3 vote adopted Resolution 2020-361, which placed a proposed amendment to Section 11.01 of the County Charter on the ballot for voter consideration at the November 3, 2020 election.
How will this impact municipalities?
Should this amendment pass, Broward County will have the authority to bypass local municipal zoning, permitting and construction processes for certain transportation projects within municipal boundaries. While the county has said they will discuss plans with the impacted municipality, if they do not come to an agreement, the county will have the authority to move forward with the project without municipal approval.
Where will the improvement projects take place?
The County’s authority will prevail over the City of Parkland’s rules on County-owned or leased property located within the City of Parkland as well as future properties purchased or leased by the County for transportation purposes.
What is a Surtax?
A surtax is generally assessed to fund a specific government program, whereas regular income or sales taxes are used to fund a variety of programs. A surtax can be calculated as a percentage of a certain amount of it can be a flat dollar amount.
How are these projects being funded?
Expenses for transportation improvement projects will be funded with the thirty-year Regional Transportation System Sales Surtax (the “Transportation Surtax”) one percent surtax that was approved by voters in 2018.
Broward County Amendment Two Ballot Language
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