We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Town’s Twitter account: @SWR_Gov. This social media forum will be used to notify residents and interested parties (“followers”) about issues pertaining to the Town such as Town events, Town meetings, and emergency notifications.

Please take a moment to review our Twitter page by clicking this link: @SWR_Gov.

If you wish to be kept up to date on Town notifications, please consider “following” us on Twitter. As we continue to increase our social media presence please keep an eye on the horizon, as we will also be developing a Facebook page in the near future.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Town’s YouTube Channel. This channel will be used to publish official Town content. Initially, Town Council meetings will be the first offerings and as the channel progresses we will publish content featuring Town events and other appropriate content.

Please take a moment to review our channel (Southwest Ranches Official Channel). Please use this channel to view Town Council meetings and other related content. As we continue to increase our social media presence please keep an eye on the horizon, as we will be developing a Twitter account and Facebook account in the near future.

2019 Estimate of Taxable Values
The preliminary 2019 property values will be posted on our website at www.bcpa.net on June 1. Florida law requires our market values be a year in arrears meaning we use the qualified sales of comparable properties from January 1, 2019 back through January 2, 2018 for the 2019 property assessments. If you purchased your property in 2019, your 2019 purchase price will be used in setting your property’s 2020 market value. Our office will be mailing the 2019 TRIM (proposed tax) Notices to all Broward property owners in mid-August. This notice will show your property’s 2019 market value, assessed/Save Our Homes value, tax-saving exemptions and proposed tax rates as set by the various taxing authorities.

Did You Have Homestead Exemption on One Home and Purchase Another?
If you had Homestead Exemption on a property in 2017 or 2018 and have purchased a new permanent residence in Florida, please make sure you have applied for both Homestead Exemption and Portability at your new residence. Portability allows you to transfer the savings you built up by having Homestead Exemption on any Florida property to another Homesteaded property in Florida. To transfer the Save Our Homes benefit, you must establish a Homestead Exemption at the new home within two years of January 1 of the year you sold or moved from the old homestead (not two years of the sale or move date). Note: a Portability application transfers the savings you have earned, but it does not automatically transfer your Homestead Exemption. You must apply for both Homestead Exemption on your new home and complete a Portability application. The Portability application can be found on our website at www.bcpa.net/Forms/DR501T2009.pdf. For questions regarding Homestead Exemption, Portability or any of the available tax-saving exemptions, please call our customer service representatives at 954.357.6830.

The absolute last deadline to file for all 2019 exemptions is September 18, 2019. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 954.357.6904 or by email at martykiar@bcpa.net.

Take care,

Marty Kiar

The Town of Southwest Ranches has been under the South Florida Water Management District Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures Rule (Chapter 40E-24, Florida Administrative Code) since March 2010. This measure limits landscape irrigation to two (2) days a week throughout the District which is inclusive of Broward County and all of its municipalities. The link below has factual information from the District, including but not limited to, irrigation schedule based on property address, acceptable exclusions, alternative measures for newly installed landscaping, and contact information for District representatives.

Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Conservation Measures Rule

Here are some Water Conservation Websites:

South Water Florida Management District Website

Broward Water Conservation Website