Anna C. Otiniano, Director
Your Account Number Format has Changed
Please look for the change on your bill, and use the NEW ACCOUNT FORMAT on all payments made for Utilities. Don’t forget to update account number on payments made in person, by mail, online or through your bank to ensure payments are property credited. The current account number is in the format “12345-06. The the new format will be “012345-06.”
Using a customized computer tracking system, the Department monitors all expected payments from franchisers, other governments, vendors, etc. As payments are received, the system posts them to the appropriate revenue account, and shows the receipt in the module.
Reports can then be generated for following up and for the audit work papers. The City handles all cost recovery, special duty police, special assessment, fire inspections, code compliance, street trees and other miscellaneous billings. Payments can be made at Plantation City Hall and the Police Department Headquarters.
Most expenditures are processed by purchase orders, petty cash receipts and third party administered funds (i.e. Worker’s Comp. And Health Insurance). Payment processing and account posting is entirely computerized. All bank and trust statements are reconciled by the Department.
Current Local Taxes
The following are the major city taxes for fiscal year 2015 – 2016:
- Sales Tax – The State of Florida has a 6.0% sales tax, which the City receives a portion. In addition, the City receives revenue sharing funds from the State for cigarette taxes, motor fuel, alcohol and beverage licenses, and mobile home licenses. Broward County assesses an additional 2 cents motor fuel tax, which is shared with local governments.
- Real Estate Property Tax – 5.9000 per $1,000 assessed value
- Personal Property Tax – 5.9000 per $1,000 assessed value
Real Estate Tax (Local) – Billing Procedures
The City Council adopts a tax rate for Real Estate tax each September when the budget is approved. All taxes are due and payable on November 1 of each year or as soon thereafter as the assessment roll is certified and delivered to the Broward Revenue Collection Division. All unpaid taxes become delinquent on April 1 following the year in which they are assessed. Discounts are allowed for early payment at the rate of 4% in the month of November, 3% in the month of December, 2% in the month of January and 1% in the month of February. The taxes paid in March are without discount.
Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office
The Broward County Appraiser’s Office is located at 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 111, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The Appraiser’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The office annually assesses all real estate in the county at its fair market value. It also provides the public with a review of information relative to the assessed value and ownership of each parcel of real estate.
A record is maintained on each parcel of real estate. With a few exceptions, this information is available for review and inspection by property owners and interested persons. If you are seeking a review of your real estate assessments, call or visit the office between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 954-357-6830.