FY 11 BUDGET FACT
Distributed August 2010
Since 2007, Broward County, like all other counties and municipalities
in the State of Florida, has experienced a significant budget crisis.
Between 2007 and the current budget year, the Historical Commission budget
has been reduced by 43.4% while the overall County general fund has been
reduced by only 16.3%.
At the June 22, 2010 County Commission budget workshop, the County Administrator
presented her proposed fiscal year 2011 general fund budget.
The proposal addresses the decrease in tax revenue from the current year
- reducing spending;
- increasing in the mil rate by approximately ¼ mil,
- transferring a small amount of funding from reserves
In her base proposal, the County Administrator recommended no cuts for
the Historical Commission.
Anticipating that the county Commission may choose not to raise
the mil rate, the County Administrator went on to recommend what she
Included in these additional cuts is the following:
“Limit Historical Commission Building access
to major events run by volunteers eliminating total budget except for
Should this alternate recommendation be adopted, the Historical Commission
would cease to exist as a service for the residents, businesses and visitors
of Broward County while resulting in a general fund savings of just $275,000
or $.15 per capita.
The Broward County Historical Commission serves the entire county and
its services contribute to both the cultural community and the vitality
of the tourism industry of Broward County.
The elimination of the Historical Commission would leave a void in
the County; therefore some preventive measures must be taken.
The Historical Commission Budget Committee has met and determined that
a show of support in the form of letter/email writing to the County
Commission from the historical organizations boards and their membership
as well as concerned civic and business groups and individuals would
The following is a list of facts regarding the historical commission
for reference in preparing your correspondence.
The Broward County Historical Commission:
- Up to and including the current fiscal year the Commission budget has
been cut 43.4% while the overall County general fund has decreased only
- Has existed since 1972
- Manages and protects irreplaceable and valuable historical collections
associated with Broward County history
- Is the primary source for Countywide historical research
- Is the primary source for Countywide history education
- Has expanded services with rotating exhibits on County history and
meeting rooms for educational activities
- Has initiated planning for the County’s centennial in 2015
- Is working with historical organizations in creating a heritage coalition
in Broward County
- Has assisted municipalities throughout County by providing:
- Protection for historic resources
- Technical assistance on improvements to historic structures
- Guidance on archaeological sites
- Research assistance
- Talks and presentations on local history
Broward County recently spent $2.4 Million to rehabilitate
the historic West Side Grade School as the new state of the art headquarters
for the Historical Commission, and over 300 citizens came to the grand opening
to show strong support for the Historical Commission and the new headquarters.
The bottom line is that the cuts to the Historical Commission budget
will cause damage. Without funds for upkeep and personnel at the $2.4
million headquarters the archives will deteriorate, Pioneer Day
and the Heritage Coalition of Broward County will be eliminated, and
aid to city historic societies/historic preservation boards and applications
for state and federal historic grants will come to a halt.
Heritage tourism is the No. 2 activity of tourists who travel in
the U.S. and in Florida. Broward County needs to enhance not limit the
opportunities to showcase its cultural heritage and attract tourists.