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.

Our office receives numerous calls every year asking us to confirm property tax exemptions on the recent tax bills. The Property Appraiser’s Office does not set your tax rates or collect property taxes. We assess property for tax purposes and grant tax-saving exemptions to qualified individuals. The property tax bills are mailed by the Broward County Tax Collector’s Office. If you have questions regarding the payment of your tax bill, please contact their office at 954.831.4000 or visit their website at https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury

Where is my 2020 Homestead Exemption?

The tax bill you received this November from the Broward County Tax Collector is for the 2019 tax year. If you purchased your home in 2019 and the previous owners of your new home were entitled to and received Homestead Exemption or any other exemption on January 1, 2019, you may have inherited their exemptions on your 2019 property tax bill. Florida Statutes require these 2019 exemptions be removed for 2020 and the property be reassessed at the 2020 just value. This will often result in an increase in your 2020 property taxes so it is important you apply for 2020 Homestead Exemption and any other exemptions for which you may qualify. Your new 2020 Homestead Exemption will be reflected next year on all 2020 property records, notices and tax bills. Any exemptions applied to the tax bill are totaled and shown in the third column “Exemptions” on the individual tax bill.

If you have any questions regarding your Homestead Exemption or other tax-saving exemptions, please contact our Customer Service Department at 954.357.6830.

Escrow Adjustments for 2019 Tax Bills

Our office often receives calls from property owners inquiring about their escrow and mortgage payments. The Property Appraiser’s Office does not handle anything related to the financing of property. If you make monthly escrow payments for your property taxes, your mortgage or escrow company typically does an escrow analysis after paying your annual tax bill. Any increases or decreases to your monthly payment will be determined and they will notify you directly usually after January 1. Should you have any questions about this, you should contact your mortgage company directly for assistance.

Quarterly Installment Payments

If you pay your property taxes on the Tax Collector’s quarterly installment plan, any newly approved 2019 exemptions will be applied on the 3rd and 4th installment payment amounts. Any adjustments for 2019 are made on the final two quarterly 2019 installment payments.

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