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City of Plantation Ad Valorem Bond Referendum

Our Proposed 2016 Ad Valorem Bond
The City of Plantation has identified a list of capital expenditures and projects (totaling $60 million) that are consistent with the City’s mission of providing quality, value-driven public services and facilities. While it is prudent to finance these types of expenditures over time, the recent recession has prompted a lack of funding for even the most basic of necessities, such as paving roads or purchasing new fire trucks.

On November 8, 2016, Plantation voters will be asked to approve a $60 million bond that will allow the City to provide for Plantation’s future in Public Safety, Public Works and Parks & Recreation.

About Ad Valorem Bonds
Ad Valorem Bonds are approved by the voters who agree to an additional charge on their tax bills to pay the debt service. The additional charge appears as “voter approved debt service” on the tax bill.


Referendum Wording

PUBLIC WORKS IMPROVEMENTS
Shall the City of Plantation, Florida issue bonds in one or more series not exceeding in the aggregate $28,700,000, bearing interest rates not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years from issuance, pledging the City’s ad valorem tax revenues to finance the renovation, acquisition and improvement of various public works projects, including building renovations, roadway paving, drainage, lighting improvements, stormwater system rehabilitation, system upgrades and equipment purchases?

YES _______ NO _______

PARKS AND RECREATION IMPROVEMENTS
Shall the City of Plantation, Florida issue bonds in one or more series not exceeding in the aggregate $17,100,000, bearing interest rates not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years from issuance, pledging the City’s ad valorem tax revenues to finance the renovation, improvement and construction of parks and recreation facilities, including multi-use recreation trails, renovation, expansion and replacement of buildings and athletic venues, and other park improvements?

YES _______ NO _______

PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
Shall the City of Plantation, Florida issue bonds in one or more series not exceeding in the aggregate $14,200,000, bearing interest rates not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years from issuance, pledging the City’s ad valorem tax revenues to finance the expansion, renovation and improvement of various public safety projects, to protect against and respond to life, safety and property threats, including fire stations, fire trucks and equipment, and police training facilities?

YES _______ NO _______

 


Summary of Bond Projects

Parks & Recreation Projects – $17.1 million
Pine Island Park renovations $6 million
Central Park building renovations $5 million
Sunset Pk/Central Pk lighting $3.7 million
Pop Travers ballfield renovation $1.2 million
MURT Trail construction $650,000
North Acres Park $500,000
Public Safety Projects – $14.2 million
Ladder trucks $2.5 million
Fire engines $1.1 million
Replace Fire Station #1 $7 million
Fire Station #2 & #5 additions $1.35 million
Police training center $2.2 million
Public Works Projects – $28.7 million 
Road paving projects $10.8 million
Public Works buildings  $1.32 million
Street lighting upgrades $750,000
Stormwater projects $15.8 million

PUBLIC WORKS 

  • Roadway Paving: Due to lack of funding, many of Plantation’s City-owned roadways need to be refurbished, primarily in Eldorado Estates, Royal Palm Estates, Plantation Isles, Jacaranda Lakes, Melaleuca Isles, Sunshine City and portions of Plantation Acres.
  • Street lighting Upgrades: Areas identified as needing widespread street lighting upgrades include Country Club Estates, Park East, and Plantation Isles/Harbor neighborhoods.
  • Stormwater Utility Improvements: Current federal, state and local environmental regulations demand that recurring issues such as system failures, flooding, system backup and inadequate infrastructure be addressed and managed. Primary areas of need are Park East, Plantation Historical District, Plantation Park, Plantation Isles/Harbor, Eldorado Estates and Royal Palm Estates.
  • Building Renovations: There are two buildings used by the City’s Public Works crews that have deteriorated over time. The current size of the Public Works Craft Shop limits the number of projects that can be simultaneously addressed. Built in the early 1980s, its wood frame structure is not hurricane resistant. The current Road/Grass Division building was built in 1993, and is inadequate to house the needs of the Road and Grass Division crews. The proposed facility would store all the trailers and equipment, and provide an area to perform equipment maintenance.

PARKS & RECREATION

  • Pine Island Park Renovations: Pine Island Park is the primary site for PAL Recreation and Travel soccer programs. Presently, the economic impact from Pine Island Park is approximately $4 million. Field reconfiguration will provide fields for soccer, lacrosse and rugby games. It will also improve drainage and parking, and allow for a new concession stand, restrooms, lighted walking paths and storage.
  • Central Park Multi-purpose Building Renovations: Opened in 1983, this is home to recreation classrooms, a gymnasium, a weight room and locker rooms, all of which need to be remodeled and brought up to current codes. This building annually hosts thousands who attend camps, recreation classes, events and swim meets.
  • Sunset Park/Central Park Lighting: The majority of leagues, tournaments, events and activities for youth and adults are held at Sunset Park and Central Park. LED lighting will replace the original lighting system, improve illumination and result in significant electricity cost savings.
  • Pop Travers Renovations: This 9.57 acre site in South Plantation was opened in 1973. The Plantation Athletic League (PAL) utilizes the four lighted fields and operates the concession stand. Improvements would include new netting for the fields, impact windows in the concession building, restroom renovations and construction of a new corporate pavilion & restrooms.
  • Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) Re-construction: The City’s existing sidewalks along 54th Avenue and Plantation Road have become an important pedestrian connector, however, they are in a state of disrepair. The two narrow sidewalks will be removed and constructed as a single 8’ wide MURT. The tree canopy will also be enhanced.
  • North Acres Park Development: This would allow for initial development, including site leveling, irrigation, aesthetic landscaping, fencing and regularly scheduled maintenance. A walking trail, exercise stations, a pavilion and restrooms would be considered as part of future enhancements. Both phases would remain true to a passive neighborhood park.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Fire station Renovations: Many of our Fire Stations are well over 25 years old, and were built at a time when staffing and equipment needs were much less. The City did not use ladder trucks that today are needed to service our high-rise buildings, and it had no EMS/Hazmat units; Fire Stations needed to house only volunteer firefighters. The City needs to replace a 62 year old fire station, and add to two others to accommodate today’s Fire and EMS apparatus, sleeping quarters, restrooms and showers.
  • Aerial Ladder Units: Platform 77 was purchased in 1974 and has been in frontline service for 42 years. It’s out of warranty and incurs regular maintenance. Snorkel 56 was purchased in 1986 and has been in service for 30 years. Both manufacturers are out of business, and parts are no longer available. Replacing these units is necessary to continue the City’s outstanding fire fighting services, and to maintain the City’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating of 2.
  • Fire Engines: Fire engines have an estimated useful life of 20 years. Older vehicles increase downtime and maintenance costs. Replacing two of Plantation’s fire engines, which have been in service 25 and 30 years respectively, will significantly reduce downtime and maintenance costs.
  • Training Center/Gun Range Reconstruction: The training center/gun range was built over 30 years ago. It is utilized to maintain State Firearms Certification for all officers, and for simulated training exercises for SWAT, Narcotics units and other specialty teams. The existing facility has ventilation issues, water intrusion from the roof and walls, and numerous stress fractures.

 

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