Before thinking about a list of nice-to-have pet projects then implementing a tax to pay for them, we need to address the crisis going on in the city which is a general unwillingness of many recent residents to obey the law and keep properties well maintained. I won't propose explanations for this. I will only state facts. Demographics have radically changed and its not just an average age drop as the city website states. Its also a major influx of foreign born people. In the past, crime was low so Tamarac did not need active BSO patrolling and policing. Seniors don't commit many crimes. Nor did Tamarac need exacting codes with aggressive enforcement like Coral Springs has. The majority here were retirees who knew what was right and correct without being told. Now we have people coming from places where frankly, there are no city ordinances enforced and very little policing. And we have a crisis with crime now. Break-ins, speeding, racing at 3AM, boom-boom stereos waking us up at midnight and worse. We've got people who don't keep up properties and violate zoning rules by renting to multiple families in a single family home. People running businesses out of homes such as pressure cleaning cars that results in heavy traffic with people parking in the middle of the street, etc. Calling the police or the city does not help because nothing changes.
So if I have to pay more tax, I don't want a new dog park or bicycle path. I want more BSO hired to do patrols and hand out tickets for speeding. I want them patrolling and catching crime in progress, not arriving 30 minutes after calling the dispatcher when the activity is over. I want strong code enforcement and if that means firing some people not doing the job, retraining, hiring more, hiring attorneys or whatever we need to make our neighborhoods desirable, attractive and safe then let's do that. I'd pay a penny for that or more if that's what it takes. It may already be too late for fix it but better to try then build another swimming pool and boast about how great things are in Tamagram. Maybe we also need some cultural outreach people who might try to explain to the new residents that the rules are not directed at them as a form of oppression or abuse but are instead for everyone's benefit and are directed at all residents. I dare say a lot of this is cultural. I personally am saving to move and if things don't improve soon, I will leave Broward completely. I know others who feel the same.
FYI, "traffic calming initiatives" don't work and actually make things worse. In Sunflower, the four lanes were reduced to two with lots of trees and landscaping in the median. Looks beautiful. But it interferes with being able to see people speeding, making it more dangerous to ingress onto the street, eg. onto curved NW 70th Ave from NW 71st Ave. And when a RARE resident like me who obeys the posted limit is on the road, the speeders simply get 5 feet behind my bumper with road rage in their eyes, forcing me to either pull over or risk a rear end collision if I have to brake hard. 25 mph over the limit is common, because they know they can. So much for the "brilliant" quieting - an idea invented by the landscapers I bet. Put speed bumps that the people with a $1000 set of chrome wheels will respect or as I said above, speed traps by BSO.
To the person below who asks for more bike paths, walkways (sidewalks?) and bus stops with A/C. Air conditioned bus stops are not realistic due to the cost. It would be cheaper to pay your taxi fare. As for bicycle and walking paths, I agree with you however what we currently have is not usable because people are routinely using the sidewalks and bicycle lanes as parking spots because some pack more people into a house than it was designed for and additionally have a many visitors.. BSO won't address it saying its up to the city or HOA. HOA says its the responsibility of BSO. City of Tamarac makes excuses about the violators not being able to afford widening a driveway, etc.
I regret not moving to Coral Springs instead of Tamarac. They are no-nonsense and don't allow this stuff. I'm sorry but those of you moving into a neighborhood must take personal responsibility. If you purchase a 4 bedroom house with garage with the plan that the garage will be converted to separate living space and then all bedrooms (now 5) will be rented to different FAMILIES then that's just wrong and I have no sympathy. What you do on your property affects your neighbors. Freedom does not mean one can do whatever they want.
Finally, I also agree with some comments below that object to depending on revenue from tourism to help pay for the planned projects. What will probably happen is that the cities will sell bonds that they must pay back with interest. Then if the tourist income does not materialize, essential services will have to be cut or property taxes raised to pay the bonds. I don't use a charge card unless I am very sure I can pay the debt soon or unless its an absolute emergency. Government should operate the same way. Why not?
Some comments below refer to waste, overspending and superfluous or frivolous projects. Such statements are not helpful or believable unless specifics are given. Which projects and spending do you mean? Keep in mind that for spending to be excessive or wasteful, it must by definition mean that the price is significantly above market average. If you disagree with something ideologically then calling it waste is the wrong word. Words are important. This forum would be a lot more useful if it were possible to reply to someone else's comment.
Mr. R. M. , resident since 1980