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Broward County > Public Communications > 2012 Annual Report > State of the County Address

Commissioner John Rodstrom, Jr.Mayor FY2011 - 2012
John E. Rodstrom, Jr.
November 13, 2012

In 2012, the state of Broward County is strong. Our credit rating surpasses that of the federal government. We balanced a $3.5 billion budget that will finance unprecedented capital projects that will provide jobs for years to come. We did it without raising taxes.

Tourism tax revenues increased 10 percent over the past year. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport serves 22 million passengers a year (and) ranks 22nd in the United States in total passenger traffic, with more than 600 flights a day. The $791 million runway expansion is estimated to contribute more than $1 million per day to the local economy (and) generate 11,000 jobs.

Port Everglades’ business activity rose 10 percent, and the number of direct jobs increased 13 percent. An estimated 3.6 million multiday passengers visited Port Everglades. Expansion projects are projected to create 7,000 new jobs regionally and support 135,000 jobs statewide over the next 15 years.

Social Safety Net
When Broward County faced financial tough times, the need for social services escalated. More than 50,000 customers (were) seen to determine eligibility for services. Family Success Centers and Housing Options (made) 1,879 payments of almost $1.4 million.

Community Action Agency, the Community Services Block Grant Program, provided 852 payments, almost $490,000, with an average payment of $574.

HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (was) awarded $9.5 million, funding 428 transitional beds, 652 permanent supportive beds, and other services for the homeless.

Veterans Services processed claims with an annual value of $14 million.

Environment
A regional climate change action plan and implementation guide was completed. This document provides 106 recommendations to support regional coordination and climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The County has awarded more than $2 million in grant funds to advance 60 projects providing ecological restoration of more than 400 acres. An additional $4 million supported the installation of green amenities, including recyclable materials for playgrounds and shelters, low flow water fixtures and irrigation methods, and solar applications for lighting, on-site trash compactors and hot water systems.

Public Works
(Broward County) completed construction on the multi-use pathway along the New River canal, and planted approximately 12,000 trees along the greenway.

Broward County took over management of Everglades Holiday Park. A number of renovations have already been accomplished.

Phase 1 of Miramar Pineland design/build project is ongoing and includes pedestrian trails, information kiosks, a playground and picnic facilities, with substantial completion anticipated by 2012.

This year we opened the new Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library, the Little Green Library and the Foster Park Community Center micro libraries, and the Cyber Commons Computer Lab (at) Main Library.

Transportation
Broward County Transit (BCT), provided 40 million fixed route, community bus and paratransit trips in 2012, a system-wide increase of 5.2 percent.

We also added I-595 express bus routes weekdays between BB&T Center Park & Ride (and) downtown Fort Lauderdale, and downtown Miami.

(For) I-95 Express premium bus service from Miramar to downtown Miami with service to the Miami Civic Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital area, frequency of service was improved from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.

Ethics and Transparency
County Commissioners remain dedicated to a Code of Ethics which provides transparency in government, to ensure residents have open and easy access to information that demonstrates how elected officials and County government staff conduct business.

I want to thank County Administrator Bertha Henry and her staff, my colleagues, every Broward County employee who works so hard to make this County operate, and my dedicated staff. It’s been an honor and pleasure to serve with you.

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