Broward County is turning off the tap of property tax dollars that for decades have flowed into blighted communities.
In the face of objection from cities all over Broward that have Community Redevelopment Agencies, Broward commissioners voted Tuesday to make clear their intention: When these CRAs expire over the next five to 18 years, they will not be renewed. The county will keep the funds it would have poured into the CRAs.
Redevelopment efforts using county funds in the future will be controlled by the county, commissioners said, under a newly created Broward Redevelopment Program.
“We’re not saying to you we want to control or hand pick your projects,” County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs said. “What we’re saying is we’re using our money in order to do it, and we want to have a bit of a say in how those dollars are spent.”