Fiscal responsibility & Government Lite
First Reading - budget hearing is Wednesday, September 12
Dear Fellow Palmetto Bay resident,
The last four years have seen numerous improvements in our village. And, with property values and services both on the rise, some people might wonder what comes next. Palmetto Bay's property tax rate for 2018-19 should be 6th lowest of the 34 municipalities in Miami-Dade County [I am not including the unincorporated area (UMSA) in this list].
Palmetto Bay - low taxes in a community where you can see your municipal tax dollars being invested (police, drainage, traffic calming, parks and parks programming). This is the result of sound financial planning, which has led to strong rainy day reserves, a robust capital improvement program, all of which are reflected in our AAA bond rating.
I am proud of our annual budgets. Meetings are robust. Debate occurs and nothing is budgeted merely because of the year prior. Palmetto Bay's quality budgets provide detail of how services will be delivered to our Village during the twelve month period beginning each October 1st. Each budget section (specific Department) provides measurable strategic objectives for each organizational unit in the village. The budget also includes an organization chart for the organization as a whole and a three-year analysis of staffing levels for the village. The budget also indicates financial trends, illustrates how the village performed in the previous twelve-month (fiscal) period and provides information addressing how revenues are acquired.
Strategic Planning has historically been addressed and we will continue to do so: Various visioning sessions have been held where members of the Council and the general public also identified various initiatives corresponding to each key focus area. A total of 29 items were identified by the Village Council as priorities that further each of the key focus area. From the total number of 29, the manager and staff have completed 19 with the rest being in-progress. The proposed budget provides a table which provides a recap of the key focus areas with their corresponding general goals, along with the priorities identified and the status of each one. [Page 20 of the document, actual page 7 of the proposed budget (7 of 142)]
Highlights of our top two budget areas:
Police staffing will remain the same with 41 sworn police officers. This number includes a Major, a Lieutenant, and 5 Sergeants.
$7,980,100 Police. Our public safety is of highest priority.
Police - details covered in pages 88 - 90 of actual budget (pages 101 - 103 of complete agenda package)
$2,987,711 Parks & Recreation budget. We are "The Village of Parks".
Parks - details covered in pages 95 - 101 of actual budget (pages 108 - 114 of complete agenda package)
Please take the time to review the proposed budget and provide input.
You may access the agenda package on the Village website (CLICK HERE). Please note that the complete Agenda package consists of 155 pages, out of which, the proposed budget is 143 pages.
My goal is that Palmetto Bay reaffirms its commitment to "Government Lite". This is OUR money, YOUR money, and you need to stay involved. I am recommending that we drop our property tax rate again this year. We can, and I'd like to see our property tax millage rate reduced to 2.2900 or at least to a round figure of 2.300.
Various budget workshops have been held, but as always, I always remain available to discuss any budget ideas, questions or concerns. Please contact me via e-mail at
or via phone at (305) 302-3713 to discuss.
Have a happy and safe Rosh Hashanah.
Rosh Hashanah message from Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg, of the Chabad of Palmetto Bay and Deering Bay. Link to the High Holiday schedule.
Happy New Year, 5779! And Shana Tove!
Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg who provided me this holiday Rosh Hashanah message from Rabbi Zalman and Chani Gansburg, of the Chabad of Palmetto Bay and Deering Bay to share in advance of this holiday.
CHABAD OF PALMETTO BAY AND DEERING BAY WISHES ALL THE RESIDENTS A HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
MAY THIS YEAR BRING EACH ONE OF YOU OVERFLOWING BLESSINGS OF GOOD HEALTH, TRUE HAPPINESS, AND SUCCESS IN ALL THAT YOU DO! (please
to view the full holiday message and High Holiday schedule)
Rosh Hashanah 2018 will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 9 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 11.
What is Rosh Hashanah? First, I wish to extend a heartfelt Happy Rosh Hashanah to those who celebrate.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September). It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur.
Important meeting - Miami-Dade County, South Florida Water Management District to discuss Water Issues - Sept 11, 2018, 6:00 PM at Palmetto Bay Village Hall.
I am pleased to sponsor/promote this event. This is an important meeting to attend. Canal and water issues can and will be addressed by officials of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).
Topics will include our canals, water quality protection, Biscayne Bay restoration, hurricane preparedness and more. More information and links posted on my blog: (CLICK HERE)
Thursday September 20
PALMETTO BAY' s SENIOR NIGHT AT MARLINS PARK
Another new active senior program set for September 20, 2018 - "Let's go out to the ball game" Palmetto Bay and the Miami Marlins partner for a night at the ball park.
If you are 65-plus, join your friends in the Village as we head to Marlins Park to watch the "Fish" take on the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, September 20th.
See flyer for details. Hope you can join us!
Reserve your space now. This event is expected to fill up quickly.
The tickets are free, courtesy of Wellness clinic.
We will supply a $15.00 voucher for a hot dog and soda.
Transportation is available via IBus, but we can accommodate 30 residents by bus. After the bus fills, additional participants may meet the group at the stadium (who knows, perhaps we can talk the manager into additional travel to meet demand!).
This program was brought forward in my July 9 memorandum, part of my ongoing upgrades for community (senior) engagement, adopted unanimously by the council.
CITE update -
Report your Traffic Concern Online
On May 30th, Council Member David Singer & I held a follow up town hall meeting addressing traffic safety. Many followed this meeting via my Facebook Live feed. I am pleased to report that our Police Commander announced another step forward on traffic safety at this May 30th meeting: you can now report your traffic concern online. This is part of our Palmetto Bay CITE program.
for the actual online form posted on the official Palmetto Bay website.
PALMETTO BAY - public meetings
to view the official Public Meetings notification page for the Village of Palmetto Bay.
Updates on various meetings are posted on this page as well as agendas for each meeting. The 'Quick Links' for on this page will take you to:
Regular Council Meeting
Special Council Meeting
Committee of the Whole
Town Hall Meetings
Advisory Committee Meetings
Community & Business Meetings/Events
Annual Calendar: Regular Council Meetings
Annual Calendar: Zoning Hearings
Annual Calendar: COW Workshops
Annual Calendar: Special Master Hearings
Agendas & Minutes
Village Clerk webpage
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