PBC residents get chance to weigh in on state constitution

Should Florida’s constitution be amended? How should it be amended?

Palm Beach County residents will have a chance to weigh in on that statewide discussion on April 7, when the Constitution Commission swings through the county to get input.

The commission, which hears testimony, performs research and identifies important issues, will hold a public hearing at Florida Atlantic University’s Stadium Recruiting Room at 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton from 9 a.m. to noon. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The commission meets once every 20 years and travels around the state to get input from residents.

Check out the new animal lovers specialty license plate

animalfriends_samplAnimal lovers who want a specialty plate have a new look.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Thursday displayed its redesigned “Animal Friend” specialty license plate. It will be delivered to tax collector and tag agency offices and available by Oct. 7.

Find locations at https://www.flhsmv.gov/locations.

You’ll pay a $25 specialty plate fee on top of other registration fees.

As of Sept. 1, Florida has 19,589 registered Animal Friend plates. They’ve been available since April 2005.  Money goes to Florida Animal Friend, Inc., to pay for spay and neuter programs.

For a list of Florida’s specialty license plates, visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/specialtytags/.

South Florida Water Management District OKs new budget with no tax rate increase

nckrnyt9Tax rates for the South Florida Water Management District won’t go up for a sixth straight year.

On Tuesday in West Palm Beach, the 16-county district’s governing board approved a $726.6 million budget for 2016-2017 in which property owners will pay $33.07 per $100,000 of taxable land value, the agency said in a release.

The budget comes from a mix of property taxes and other income from local, state and federal sources, as well as fees, investments and farming taxes.

About 85 percent of the budget goes for flood control, operations and maintenance of lands, as well as ongoing restoration goals. That includes $54.1 million for the next phases of an $880 million plan to improve Everglades water quality. The release said the budget contains $234 million in state money to accelerate restoration projects.

Palm Beach County gets more state money to fight Zika mosquito

Nearly $90,000 more will go toward trying to control the mosquito behind the Zika virus emergency.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted to accept $89,001 in Florida Department of Health money. It will go toward labor, equipment and pesticides used to control mosquito larvae and adults.

Read Palm Beach Post coverage: myPalmBeachPost.com/zikavirus

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