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Possibly. Older meters tend to lose accuracy as they age and therefore do not measure all the water going through them. The new water meter will accurately measure the water that you use. All new meters are tested prior to delivery by the manufacturer to ensure that they register properly. If you see a higher bill immediately upon the new meter installation, it is likely the old meter was running slow.
AMI stands for Advanced Metering Infrastructure. It is a method of using communication technology to read meters remotely without having to access the meter located in meter boxes in the ground.
The City of Deerfield Beach has chosen a fixed based network that provides two-way communication from the meter box to strategically located Base Stations. The City is replacing water meters citywide with new meters equipped with a meter transceiver. The meter transceiver is used to collect and transmit meter reading data, unique identification numbers, operating status, and various alarms at regular intervals to the Base Stations.
Advanced meter systems are quickly becoming the standard for utilities around the country. These new devices allow for more accurate and faster collection of water usage readings than the current manual method and improve safety conditions for City staff. Currently, the meter readers must open every meter box to obtain a reading from the meter. Introducing automatic meter reading as the standard is one of the ways we can better serve our customers and improve the overall efficiency of the department.
It is much more accurate. The new system can detect usage as low as .01 gallons and will be 98% accurate or better. Some of the meters are past their usable life and as much as 25% (or more) of the water passing through the meter goes undetected.
The AMI system will transmit usage data every 8 hours.
The installation of the new meters will begin February 2024 and should be completed in less than 24 months.
Yes. Data transmitted from the meter through the system is encrypted through the entire process. Additionally, no personal or even location data will be transmitted. Only the amount of water that goes through the meter and the time of day the usage will be collected and transmitted.
We are not making any changes to Customer Service as part of the AMI project. All of the Customer Service Representatives available before the AMI project will continue to be available to respond to your calls and emails.
Our ability to determine leaks on the city side of the meter will remain unchanged, but our ability to detect leaks on the customer side of the meter will be greatly improved. In fact, you will gain the ability to set your own threshold for leak detection and get alerts sent directly to you letting you know about the issue.
Yes. The new meter will be replacing your existing meter. It is not being moved.
No. The City of Deerfield Beach will continue to produce and distribute your drinking water and your calls and emails will be answered by our Customer Service section.
The AMI system can detect unusual water usage patterns, including more or less water usage than normal. Alerts can be set up to let you know when those conditions are met.
All of the City’s 12,953 meters will be replaced with new smart meters over the next 24-month period.
No. The radio transmission operates in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations to avoid interference with other electronic devices.
Yes, monitor your water consumption at www.dfb.city/sensus to stay informed.
No. Since the water meters are located outside of the home in the City right-of-way, you will not need to be home for the replacement work; however, if your water meter happens to be accessed from your back yard, we will notify you with sufficient warning for access.
If you have a leak, low pressure or some other problem after the installation, or at any other time, contact customer service at 954-480-4279 (opt 2) or email email@example.com. Because your water will be turned off temporarily during the meter change process, you may experience a brief period of air or discolored water. In most cases briefly running your cold water will clear up this situation.
To upgrade the meter to one capable of communicating with the AMI equipment, and as an extension of an existing program to replace aging meters after they have reached the end of their life cycle. With the introduction of newer technology, the existing meters are not able to communicate using the AMI technology. The newer meters will save labor time, prevent recording errors, and reduce the costs associated with contracts for meter reading.
Yes. All meters will be changed to be read by the automated metering infrastructure technology. Customers cannot choose to remain on the older manual reading system.
Yes. Meters come pretested along with results directly from the manufacturer. The radio device will be tested for accuracy during the meter collection process regularly.
No. Access needs to be available at all times. There will still be instances when meter technicians will visit the meter on site to perform routine maintenance or verify high readings. Obstructions to the meter box are subject to removal by City personnel.
Please, keep access to the water meter available at all times to ensure it is accessible for any potential emergency that would require the meter to be turned off.
Each radio frequency device has a unique identification number, which is transmitted along with the meter reading. The unique number is compared to your account record electronically to ensure a match
Yes. The City currently contracts these services and once AMI is fully deployed, these services will no longer be needed.
Visit the online payments link and follow the steps below.
Step 1 - Click on "Make a Payment"
Step 2 - On the Make a Payment window, enter the Application Number and click "Find".
Step 3 - Select the application by clicking the checkmark in the results and you will see a list of fees associated with the application number. Confirm the fees and then click "Checkout." On the screens that follow, enter payment information and complete the transaction.
All home-based businesses need a business tax receipt. However, a Certificate of Use is not required. Sec. 98-91 (a) of the City of Deerfield Beach Land Development Code States:
Permitted home occupations operated in any dwelling unit may be operated only if they comply with all of the following conditions:
Where permitted: Within a residential dwelling unit and only by the person or persons occupying that dwelling therein and no additional employees shall be permitted. Evidence of use: Storage of materials and/or equipment, signs and/or advertising displays, motor vehicles (other than the owner's noncommercial vehicles) or any other indication that said premises is being used commercially is hereby prohibited. Size: Does not exceed 20 percent of the total living area of the dwelling unit within which it is located. Permitted uses: Includes not more than one of the following uses, provided that such uses are clearly minor and secondary to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes.
Both Business Tax Receipt and Certificate of Use applications along with instructions are available to download for your convenience under the "Applications & Information" section of this web page.
All receipts issued shall expire on the 30th day of September of each year. No receipt shall be issued for more than one year.
For each receipt obtained on October 1st through March 31st, the full tax for one year shall be paid. For each receipt obtained on April 1st through September 30th, one half (1/2) the full tax for one year shall be paid.
Each year, the City will begin sending renewal notices in July. However, if the renewal notice is not received, it is still the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that their business tax is renewed prior to September 30th of each year. Failure to receive a renewal reminder notice will not exempt business owners from paying any penalties for late payment.
All business tax receipts must be approved by Planning & Zoning. Contact the Planning & Zoning Division at 954-480-4206 to determine if the proposed use is permitted prior to filling out an application.
All businesses are required to post the tax receipt on-site in a conspicuous place.
For any person who engages in any business within the City without first obtaining a BTR, the penalty is up to 25% of the business tax due, in addition to any other penalty provided by law or ordinance. Persons who do not pay the required taxes within 150 days after initial notice of the tax being due are subject to a penalty equal to the annual amount of the Business Tax or $250.00, whichever is less, in addition to possible civil action and penalties. Penalties cannot be waived as the City Code does not provide for administrative relief by staff, administrators or elected officials.
Schedule - Percentage Added to Toal Renewal Tax(For illustration, based on the original fee of $150.00)
Transfers of the business location, name change, and change of ownership are charged a Transfer fee of 10% of the original cost fee, up to a maximum of $25.00. The ORIGINAL Business Tax Receipt must be returned and must be signed and dated by the previous owner and indicate that all rights, interest, and title of the business are assigned to the new owner.
A Business Tax Application Checklist is available to download for your convenience under the "Application & Information" section of this web page.
A Broward County Business Tax Receipt is also required in addition to the City of Deerfield Beach Tax Receipt. See below for Broward County BTR contact information.
Broward County Business Tax
Revenue Collection Division Governmental Center Annex (Ground Floor)
115 S. Andrews Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL
A Business Tax Receipt is required before any person may engage in, manage, or be in charge of any business, profession, or occupation in the City of Deerfield Beach, including home-based businesses. Sections 1-15, 18-5 & 38-263 of the City of Deerfield Beach Code provide complete details regarding the provisions. Once obtained, the business tax receipt must be renewed annually on or before October 1.
Except for home businesses, no Business Tax Receipt shall be issued until a Certificate of Use for the location has been issued; in accordance with the city code. For questions regarding Certificate of Use, please contact the Planning & Zoning Division at 954-480-4206.
Carts will be replaced for all current curbside collection customers within the City of Deerfield Beach.
Deliveries of the new carts have been completed, except in select areas. If you have not received your new cart yet, please contact our customer service group at 954-480-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New carts should not be used until your old garbage (brown) and recycling (blue) carts have been removed.
New carts should have been delivered to the curb in front of your home. Please store the new cart until your old carts have been removed.
Continue setting your carts out on your normal collection day(s) until they are retrieved by the City. Old carts will be collected from the curb.
The single 95-gallon cart has a smaller footprint than two 65-gallon carts
If space is a challenge, you can store them in your garage, backyard, or any other convenient area. Additionally, we will be prioritizing the pickup of old carts in neighborhoods/residences with limited space.
Curbside recycling has been suspended since July of 2020. For more information on the suspension, review the recycling changes frequently asked questions.
Email our customer service group at email@example.com
According to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statues, it is not required that you submit a form or written request; however, use of the form provides for easy distribution of said request. Also, as a requester, you may remain anonymous when making a request; if you so choose, you then become responsible for contacting the Clerk’s Office to follow up on the request.To request a public record, you may:
In order to access your records or view the status of a public records request, please use our Public Request Portal (Request Number required).The City Clerk furnishes copies of public records upon request and payment of the fees as set forth herein:
Please note: If the nature or volume of the public records requested to be inspected or copied pursuant to this subsection is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of the City, or both, the City shall charge, in addition to the actual cost of duplication, a special service charge, which shall be reasonable and shall be based on the cost incurred for such extensive use of information technology resources or the labor cost of the personnel providing the service that is actually incurred by the City or attributable to the City for the clerical and supervisory assistance required, or both. A request that requires more than 15 minutes of information technology resources or clerical time shall be deemed to be extensive for the purpose of this section. The estimated cost of extensive research and copying must be paid in advance; any differences will be collected or refunded when the material is picked up.
There are a number of advisory boards that provide information to staff and the Commission in various areas. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please see the Advisory Boards page for specific advisory board information and the board application, to apply.
Per Ordinance No. 2011/024, a charge of $5.00 shall be assessed for each notarial act requested by the public and performed by a city official or employee of the City of Deerfield Beach; however, the City does NOT notarize the following documents:
The Deerfield Beach Commission is a five-member body elected for a four (4) year term; however, the terms are staggered and elections are held every two (2) years. The next election will be March 2021, for election of the Mayor, as well as, Districts 3 and 4.
Also, every four (4) years, the Deerfield Beach Charter requires redistricting for population consistency throughout the districts, which often changes district boundary lines.
Mayor: Any qualified Broward County elector whose principal place of residence is in the City of Deerfield Beach and who has resided continuously in the City for six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying as a candidate for the office shall be eligible to hold the office of mayor. The Mayor must continue to live within the city limits during the term of office or forfeit the office.Commissioner: Any qualified Broward County elector whose principal place of residence is in the City of Deerfield Beach and who has resided continuously in the City for six (6) months immediately prior to qualifying and in the district from which he seeks to qualify prior to qualifying as a candidate for the office shall be eligible to hold the Office of City Commissioner. During the term of office a commissioner must continue to live within the district from which he or she was elected or forfeit the office. For additional information regarding the qualifying process, please see the City Charter.
The City Commission agenda consists of items prepared by Staff for Commission consideration. These items include, but are not limited to, rezoning, variances, advisory board appointments, agreements, purchases and a plethora of other topics.
Commission meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m., however, there is only one (1) meeting held in July. The meetings are held in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of City Hall: 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.
Meetings Open To Public: All meetings of the City Commission shall be open to the public and conducted in a manner consistent with the Sunshine Law; provided that, certain attorney client sessions, as permitted by Section 286.011, F.S., and meetings relating to collective bargaining issues, as permitted by Section 447.605 shall be permitted to be conducted in private.Public to be heard - Non-Agenda Issues: During the Public Comment section of the agenda, anyone may speak for three (3) minutes on any matter relating to the business of the City or public policy, excluding matters on the agenda, and a one (1) minute extension may be granted by the Mayor. All persons speaking on non-agenda issues shall be subject to the following rules:
Yes, however, any requests to add an Agenda Item must be submitted to the City Manager’s Office for consideration. There is no guarantee that all resident requests will appear on the agenda; whereby, if Staff is able to resolve a situation, they will do so before submitting to the City Commission.
A proclamation recognizes an organization or cause that affects a large number of citizens. To request a proclamation, please see the guidelines and form: Proclamation Request.
No, however the United States Postal Service’s local office schedules passport appointments. Their address is 212 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 and phone number is 954-412-0812. Please visit their website: Deerfield Beach- Post Office.
You want to select the "right tree for the right place". Before selecting a tree, you need to answer some questions. Do you want the tree to provide shade, fruit, or seasonal color, or act as a windbreak or screen? Does space lend itself to a large, medium, or small tree? Are there overhead or belowground wires or utilities in the vicinity? Do you need to consider clearance for sidewalks, patios or driveways? Are there other trees in the area? Is the soil deep, fertile, and well-drained, or is it shallow, compacted, and infertile?
Based on your answers to those questions, review publications (such as Waterwise South Florida Landscapes, on the internet at www.sfwmd.gov and available in hard copy at no charge from the South Florida Water Management District) to determine which species of tree will best meet your needs. Once you select a species, you will need to select a high-quality tree at the nursery.
A high-quality tree has:
A low-quality tree has:
Pruning large trees can be dangerous and is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance.
If you would like to have a tree removed, you must first obtain a permit for tree removal. To apply for a permit, download and fill out the tree removal permit application. Complete the application and be sure to include the owner's name and signature, tree care worker's name, signature, and copy of their tree trimmer's license. After you submit the application, the tree will be evaluated by the City Landscaper Architect to determine if the permit will be granted. If the permit is granted, you can pick up the permit and pay the permit fee ($10 per tree) at City Hall. You will be required to plant replacement trees to mitigate for the loss of tree canopy caused by the tree removal. The number of replacement trees required will depend on the size and species of trees being removed and planted. If granted, the permit is valid for 30 days. Once replacement trees have been installed, you must contact the building department at 954-480-4250 or 4251, or fax your request to 954-422-5812 for a tree removal permit final inspection.
The parking rates vary in the different zones but the multi-space parking meter will always indicate the prevailing rate for the zone in which you have chosen to park.
Parking areas north of SE 1 Street and along Ocean Way, are enforced every day of the week from 6 AM until 12 midnight. (this includes the Kirk Cottrell Pavilion parking lot and the Pier parking lot) Parking areas south of SE 1 Street and along Ocean Way, are enforced every day of the week from 6 AM until 11 PM. (this includes the Main beach parking lot).The parking lot west of A1A and east SE 19 Avenue between SE 5 Street and SE 6 Street closes at 7 PM.
No.Pay Stations are pro-rated and will not accept payments that exceed the time period for that specific location. Pay Stations are also programmed to shut off after the enforced time period.
Yes.The multi-space parking meters accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Yes.Once the transaction is completed a receipt is issued. However, if a receipt is not issued, the transaction was not completed and you will be required to start the process over.
No.The City’s Parking Enforcement Division uses License Plate Recognition technology (LPR) to identified those who paid for parking as well as those who didn’t pay for parking.The receipt serves as proof that a parking session was paid for. It also provides the time the parking session expires.There is no need to place the receipt on the dashboard.Keep it for your records only.
Simply press the one hour button until desired time is reached. Parking rates are per hour.
For added convenience, you may also use the Way-To-Park app to add or extend your parking session.***Reminder: Deerfield Beach only accepts the ‘WAY-TO-PARK’ app.
When occupying a designated handicap parking space, individuals owning a valid, current handicap placard can park for free for the duration of the designated time frame.In ZONE 8503 the designated time frame is until 12 midnightIn ZONE 8504 the designated time frame is until 11 pm.The handicap placard shall be visibly displayed for the ENTRE duration of the parking session.
Individuals occupying a non-designated parking space shall receive the FIRST 4 HOURS of parking at no charge. To qualify, the individual shall register their license plate at one of the multi-space pay stations strategically located throughout the Barrier Island. Failure to register shall render the parking session as unpaid and in violation of Ordinance 66-77; which carries a fine amount of $30.00.
The 4-hours of complimentary parking applies ONLY to on-street parking.Complimentary parking is NOT available on any off-street parking lot.
Yes.When any button is pressed the screen will light up for the duration of the transaction.
Yes.Before your transaction is completed you can either use the backspace key to make corrections or cancel the entire transaction by pressing the red “X” button and start over.
Yes.In accordance with Sec. 66-41(d); any person may submit within ten (10) calendar days a written request with the City’s Parking Division for review of the parking citation.The written appeal must be received by the Parking Division within ten (10) calendar days or the right to appeal is forfeited.An Administrative Review of the parking citation shall be a precedent to filing an appeal with the Special Magistrate.All requests shall be mailed or hand delivered to:Parking Enforcement Office150 NE Second AveDeerfield Beach, FL 33441
You can view your parking citation and related pictures at www.dfb.city/paymyticket.
***Please note: failure to pay a parking citation will result in late fees.
Low, and in some cases, no demand in the global marketplace for materials such as glass and plastics #3 through #7, combined with the low value of mixed paper and high rates of contamination (in excess of 45% in Deerfield Beach), have created significant increases in the cost of processing materials. Most recently and prior to these conditions, the City received approximately $40,000 per year in revenue for the processing of the recycled materials we collected, which was utilized to offset collection costs. Prior to suspension of the curbside program and other program modifications, the city was paying in excess of $400,000 per year for processing charges with a significant portion of these materials going to the landfill due to contamination. These costs continued to escalate until the curbside program was suspended in July of 2020.
The City has suspended curbside collection of recyclables in the blue cart. You may use your blue cart for overflow garbage if it does not all fit in the brown cart. The blue cart will only be collected on your originally scheduled "recycling" day. Commercial businesses and multi-family communities with excessive and repetitive contamination identified through audits have also been removed from the city’s recycling collection programs.
Delivering materials to the landfill is expected to avoid escalating processing costs due to the low value of material and high contamination rates. While this change may not be the most desirable manner of handling these materials, under the current conditions, it is the best option for the City of Deerfield Beach at this time and until other potential alternatives can be identified or which time there has been significant and sustained improvements to market conditions.
As both garbage and recycling will be brought to a landfill, there is no longer a need to separate your recyclables from your garbage. At this time all materials should be placed in the brown cart. The blue cart should serve as an overflow container and should only be placed curbside to be serviced on your normal recycling collection day. If you no longer wish to keep your blue recycling cart, please contact our customer service team at SolidWasteCSRV@deerfield-beach.com to schedule it to be picked up. To see when your collection days are please visit www.DFB.city/DFBwastewatch.
Yes. You may use your blue cart for overflow material. The blue cart will only be collected a maximum of once per week on your originally scheduled “recycling” collection day.
Yes. Residents may visit the Recycling Drop-Off Center at 401 SW 4th Street, Deerfield Beach to drop-off recyclables as well as certain special wastes. The City has also placed two additional community recycling containers at the locations below. These containers are for the program recyclables ONLY.
Main Beach Parking Lot149 SE 21st AveDeerfield Beach, FL
Fire Station 66590 S Powerline RdDeerfield Beach, FL
For more information, visit www.dfb.city/doc.
All City residents may utilize the Recycling Drop-Off Center. All residents utilizing the Center must present proof of residency in Deerfield Beach such as a Driver’s License, I.D. Card, or current utility bill.
The Recycling Drop Off Center accepts clean and dry recyclables including food and beverage cans and cartons, flattened cardboard, clean plastic bottles and jugs, and glass bottles and jars. The Drop-Off Center also accepts some special wastes. More information about what the Drop-Off Center accepts can be found here: www.dfb.city/doc.
To find out how to dispose of unique items, use the Waste Wizard tool by visiting www.DFB.city/DFBwastewatch.
NOTE: Hazardous waste will NOT be accepted at the Recycling Drop-Off Center.
The Recycling Drop-Off Center hours of operation will be Monday and Saturday 8 am to noon and Tuesday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm. All residents utilizing the Center must present proof of residency in Deerfield Beach such as a Driver’s License, I.D. Card, or current utility bill.
The COVID-19 Rental & Utilities Assistance Program provides rental assistance to eligible Deerfield Beach residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance will only be provided for past due rents & utilities beginning on April 1, 2020 and onward. Eligible applicants must be able to continue to make payments and meet basic needs once assistance is provided.
The City is utilizing Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV).
Yes, assistance will be only given to properties located in the City of Deerfield Beach.
Unemployment documentation and letter from employer explaining loss or reduction in income due to COVID-19.
No, this assistance is not a loan; it is a grant and will not have to be paid back. However, if the City discovers that a recipient has falsified documents or has defrauded the program, the money will have to be repaid.
No, rooming/halfway houses do not qualify under program.
Proof of income includes pay stubs or earning statements for every household member over 18 years old, if employed.
If all documents are satisfactory, it may take up to 15 days.
The City will assist with a maximum of up to $10,000.00 including utilities allowance of up to $1,000.00.
No, for rental assistance, all payments will be made directly to the landlord. For utility assistance, all payments will be made directly to the utility provider.
You can receive up to 6-months of assistance not to exceed $10,000.00.
Yes, if you received funding for Rental and/or Utilities Assistance you can apply but not for the same months you have been assisted with.
No, applicant name must be on lease.
Yes, applicants must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) limits established by HUD for the jurisdiction of Broward County, FL as follows:
Maximum Family Size
The City will assist with a maximum of up to $10,000.00.
No, applications are on a first-come first served basis.
Units such as apartments, houses, townhouses, and mobile homes are allowable.
Yes, the initial required documents from the application must be met and will need to include the following:
Yes, the payment of late fees is an eligible expense.
If paid weekly 4 paystubs, 2 if paid bi-weekly and 1 paystub if paid monthly.
If a W9 is unattainable, applicant must provide vendor Tax ID Number.
Apply online on City website at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1509/Programs.
Most sargassum grows off the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Like all plants, it needs nitrogen, phosphorous, and sunlight to survive. In recent years, the sargassum has had its fair share of nitrogen, thriving on large amounts of fertilizer from the runoff of the Amazon River. The seaweed can also increase when upwelling in the eastern Atlantic brings cooler water and nutrients from the bottom of the ocean to the surface.
As the sargassum grows, it starts moving along ocean currents, which transport it from the Gulf to the Florida Current via the Loop Current, and then on to the Sargasso Sea, Tropical Atlantic, and the Caribbean. If winds are strong, it can end up near the Sahara desert, the Amazon River, or here on the Florida coast, bringing problems when it arrives en masse.
When washed ashore, Sargassum will decompose (rot). Rotting Sargassum causes the production of hydrogen sulfide gas which smells like rotten eggs.
Hydrogen sulfide can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. If you have asthma or other breathing illnesses, you will be more sensitive to hydrogen sulfide. You may have trouble breathing after you inhale it.
Sargassum does not sting or cause rashes. However, tiny organisms that live in Sargassum (like larvae of jellyfish) may irritate skin if they come in contact with it.
Hydrogen sulfide is not known to cause cancer in humans. If you are exposed to hydrogen sulfide for a long time in an enclosed space with little air flow (like some work exposures), it can affect your health. However, hydrogen sulfide levels in an area like the beach, where large amounts of air flow can dilute levels, is not expected to harm health.
You should not use Sargassum in cooking because it may contain large amounts of heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium.
Like any service, there are costs to providing that service. Solid waste collection services are no different. The major expenses for the rendering of solid waste collection services are costs to purchase and maintain vehicles and containers, fuel, disposal costs, and personnel expenses. All the expenses within the solid waste collection industry increase every year and since 2008 they have increased on average of 35%, while there has been no rate increase to DFB residents and businesses since 2008. Solid waste collections are part of the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund. This fund is meant to be self-supporting, meaning that it should generate revenues that cover the expenses to provide the services.
As expenses have gone up every year the revenues are no longer sufficient to cover the expenses. This has caused the Fund to exhibit a net deficit fund balance. This deficit has continued to grow over the last few years and two external auditing agencies have recently advised that the rates are no longer sufficient to generate enough revenues to cover the existing and projected expenses to provide for the solid waste collection services.
The City hired a financial consultant to conduct a rate sufficiency analysis for the Solid Waste Fund in 2019, then again in 2022. That study was completed in the summer of 2022 and recommended a 5-year rate plan for multiple rate increases to become effective on October 1, 2022.
On October 27, 2022, a public workshop was held to present the findings and recommendations of the solid waste rate sufficiency study.
On December 6, 2022, a follow-up presentation was provided at the regular city commission meeting. At that time the commission voted to approve the five-year solid waste rate plan.
The approved 5-year solid waste schedule can be found by visiting Solid Waste Rate Schedule.
The approved multi-year solid waste rates will go into effect on January 1, 2023. Rates will then adjust according to the Solid Waste Rate Schedule and every October 1st the start of the City’s fiscal year. The last approved increase under the currently approved rate plan will occur on October 1, 2027.
Although there is never a good time to increase rates, due to increasing expenses, the solid waste fund can no longer sustain its current services with the existing rates. Solid waste rates have not been increased in over 14 years, while expenses have increased over 35% during that period.
The approved five-year solid waste rate plan can be found here: Solid Waste Rate Schedule
An average single-family residential customer will see an increase of $1.34 a month for service or an increase of $16.08 for the first year.
Although this is an increase, it is still less than what the average resident was paying for single-family residential solid waste services prior to 2015 when single-family rates were reduced.
Even with the rate increases, Deerfield Beach maintains one of the lowest residential rates in all of Broward County for the level of services that are provided.
Commercial, multifamily and roll-off customers' rates will vary depending on their level of service as well as other charges.
Since 2008, the Solid Waste Division has taken numerous steps to reduce its expenses and maximize its revenues which is in large part why the fund has been able to sustain its program without rate increases for over 14 years.
Multiple measures have been taken over this time. The main actions were to reduce routes, reduce personnel, enhance our billing to maximize revenues, suspend an expensive and ineffective curbside recycling program and switch to a more sustainable and cost-effective fuel source in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
The Solid Waste Fund’s net position would continue to go into a deficit. Although the Fund as an enterprise should be self-sufficient, without adequate revenues to support its operations it would then require outside funding and support. This would result in funding transfers from the General Fund (which impacts the millage rate), loans, or funding from other sources. There would also continue to be negative findings from auditors regarding the condition of the fund. These negative findings would negatively impact the City’s financial credit ratings and other financial aspects of the City.
Customers who may have challenges paying their new bill can contact our office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 954-480-4391.
The best way to get in touch with our solid waste customer service team is via email at: email@example.com
Customers can also contact the Solid Waste Division by phone at: 954-480-4391.
Stormwater is any precipitation that falls from the sky. Stormwater can soak into the soil (infiltrate), be held on the surface and evaporate, or runnoff and end up in nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies.
The stormwater system consists of all the gutters, inlets, storm drain piping, swales, and water bodies.
The City is required to meet service and permit obligations mandated by federal and state regulatory programs. The stormwater utility allows the City to meet those service obligations, expand the level of services in our community, and become solvent through cost recovery associated with those services. Several projects have been identified that will lessen the impact of local flooding, and these projects will be paid in part from the revenue generated by the stormwater fees.
All properties within the City limits that are developed will pay a fee.
All properties in the City contribute stormwater to the system, so all should contribute to the costs of operating the system. A portion of the utility’s revenues will be used to maintain and to make stormwater capacity improvements (pipes, structures, and water body), as well as address stormwater quality on our aging system. As facilities age, they require a higher level of maintenance and eventual replacement. Stormwater quality is an environmental concern that was not previously addressed with older systems and will need to be addressed with any new improvements.
Yes, all new development and re-development is required to follow existing City ordinances that require them to build, at their expense, storm sewer systems, and stormwater detention facilities to manage the runoff generated by their developments.
No, the City will take care of stormwater pipes within easements and rights of way. Property owners are responsible for mowing and general landscape care in easements, as well as other yard areas, including portions of the right of way that front their property.
The fee will be added to the monthly water and sewer utility bills as a separate line item. Water and wastewater bills issued after October 1, 2018, will include the stormwater charges. The Stormwater Fee is not a tax, but a fee for service like the water and wastewater utility. Citizens will benefit from the Stormwater Fee through a better-maintained storm sewer system, increased control of local flooding, and improved surface water quality. Florida Statutes authorize the creation of this utility and the City enacted this charge by ordinance and resolution of the City Commission. The City and the County each provide water and sewer services within the City limits. Due to delays associated with starting billing services, the City billing began with a two months retroactive billing cycle and the County will begin billing in April 2019 with a seven-month retroactive billing cycle. All subsequent bills will be monthly.
The fee is assessed at $3.75 per equivalent residential unit (ERU). All single-family homes are treated as one ERU. All residential subcategories are assessed at a flat rate per the multiplier in the following table. As an example, a townhome is assessed at 0.67 ERU x $3.75 = $2.51.
The ERU is a billing unit defined by ordinance as an impervious surface with a measurement of 2,788 sq. ft. Commercial parcels with the Utility’s service area (non-flat rate parcels) were individually measured using GIS/aerial photography to determine the extent of each parcel’s impervious area, which was converted to ERUs by dividing by 2,788 sq ft/ERU. As an example, a large apartment complex with retail that measures 27,880 sq. ft. of imperious area will be divided by 2,788 sq. ft./ERU for a total of 10 ERU’s. In turn, each ERU is billed at $3.75 for a total monthly cost of $37.50.
The City’s stormwater utility fee is a citywide utility established across all properties within the City and assessed on all facilities within the City to implement a citywide stormwater management system that provides for the collection, storage, treatment, and conveyance of stormwater that are a benefit to all residents within the City. The state and county requirements for surface water management for development are a requirement of all properties across the board irrespective of local municipal stormwater systems. The local fee is assessed simply as an equitable method for funding our maintenance and improvements of this utility for the benefit of the entire City.
The benefits include funding for improved services for flood reduction, water quality management, planning and studies to improve water quality and flood reduction, risk assessments, improved operation and maintenance, water quality monitoring, capital improvements, GIS database management, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (Federal Program) compliance, capital improvements, and natural resources restoration.
Contamination, or unaccepted items, like plastic, textiles, glass and other objects that don’t decompose entirely, cause significant problems for the composting process. Compost loads with excessive contamination will be rejected and may also result in participants being removed from the program.
For every certified compostable product (such as cutlery, cups, straws, etc.) there are several more “look-alikes” that mislead the public into thinking these items are compostable (using terms like “biodegradable” or “plant-based”) when in truth they often contain non-compostable plastics.
Yes, but breaking up food waste into smaller pieces will help speed up the composting process.
Yes. No matter how full your bucket is, the City encourages you to set it out every week to help keep it clean.
PACE is a financing mechanism that allows property owners to voluntarily make qualifying improvements on their property, with repayment through a non-ad valorem special assessment added to their property tax bill.
Most products that can be permanently affixed to a property and reduce on-site electric use, assist in wind resistance, and/or produce onsite electricity are eligible for funding. Qualifying improvements include: rooftop solar panels, solar water heater, wind turbine, energy-efficient air conditioning unit, cool roof, window replacement, impact windows, insulation, and more.
The program is now live for Deerfield Beach property owners.
To get started, interested parties are encouraged to review the Program Guidelines for all approved providers. Like any financial decision, participants should review all available financing alternatives to ensure they are choosing the best option for their own personal financial situation. It is also highly recommended that property owners perform a comprehensive energy audit on their property before committing to any qualifying improvements.
For more information regarding PACE and tips on how to get started, please visit: Boward County's webpage on PACE.
Performance Contracting (PC) is an effective and proven method for addressing capital improvement projects without an upfront cost. PC is a procurement tool that allows agencies to leverage the savings gained from making facilities more efficient to pay for those improvements. The City of Deerfield Beach identified the need for efficiency and infrastructure improvements and PC as a solution to this need.
An Investment Grade Audit is an in-depth analysis of facilities and operations. The analysis identifies inefficiencies and opportunities to save, makes recommendations on the most effective improvements, and pair those improvements with a savings guarantee.
Siemens is one of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Siemens was selected for the City's PC project through a competitive solicitation process.
Some of these projects could be completed without assistance from a third party. However, partnering with a technology giant like Siemens will make the overall program more successful
This project is intended to reduce internal operational costs to the City. By investing in these improvements, the funds that would have normally been spent on facility electricity and operations can now be used more efficiently and bring better service to the community.
in addition to the primary scope of the project, Siemens will also be partnering with the City to host community outreach workshops throughout the process. These workshops are intended to extend the impact of this program beyond City facilities and out into the community.
The improvements through this project equate to a $9.2 million investment in efficiency and smart-city technology. Over the course of 17 years, the City is guaranteed to save $15 million on electricity, water, and operational costs. The investment will be paid for using these savings over a 15-year term.
BSO West:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope3. HVAC Replacements4. LED Lighting Retrofits5. Water Conservation Retrofits
Bernard Adams Municipal Complex Building A:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. Compressed Natural Gas Station4. HVAC Replacements5. LED Lighting Retrofits6. Water Conservation Retrofits
Bernard Adams Municipal Complex Building B:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. Compressed Natural Gas Station4. HVAC Replacements5. LED Lighting Retrofits6. Water Conservation Retrofits
Constitution Park:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. Compressed Natural Gas Station4. HVAC Replacements5. Water Conservation Retrofits
Fire Station 102:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. HVAC Replacements4. LED Lighting Retrofits5. Solar6. Water Conservation Retrofits
Fire Station 66:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. HVAC Replacements4. Irrigation Controller5. LED Lighting Retrofits7. Water Conservation Retrofits
Highlands Community Center:1. Building Automation2. Water Conservation Retrofits
Middle School Athletic Complex & Aquatic Center:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. Geothermal Heat Pump Replacements4. HVAC Replacements5. LED Lighting Retrofits6. Pool Pump Variable Frequency Drives7. Sand Filtration System8. Solar
Old School House:1. Building Automation2. Water Conservation Retrofits
Oveta-McKeithen Gym:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. HVAC Replacements4. LED Lighting Retrofits
Oveta-McKeithen Park:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements3. Irrigation Controller4. LED Lighting Retrofits
Pier Building:1. Building Automation2. Water Conservation Retrofits3. LED Lighting Retrofits4. Water Conservation Retrofits
Pioneer Park:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope Improvements
Sullivan Park:1. Solar
Teen Center:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope3. HVAC Replacements4. LED Lighting Retrofits5. Water Conservation Retrofits
West Waer Plant:1. Building Automation2. Building Envelope3. HVAC Replacements4. LED Lighting Retrofits
A smart city is a city that utilizes data and technology to manage assets and resources more efficiently. Similar to other "smart" technologies, smart buildings:
Florida Statute 489.145 established the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracting to encourage agencies to invest in energy conservation measures that reduce energy consumption, produce cost savings for the agency, and improve the quality of indoor air in public facilities.
Key Provisions of the Law
Free Chlorination is a temporary process that distributes free chlorine in place of combined chlorine (chloramine) throughout the water distribution system as part of routine distribution system maintenance.
Free chlorination is a common practice used by water producers using the chloramine treatment method. It is typically performed once or twice per year over a two to four week time-period to remove biofilms from inside the distribution pipes.
Free Chlorine is the use of chlorine-only, which is a stronger disinfectant than chloramines.
Chloramine is a disinfectant used in drinking water made up of chlorine and ammonia together.
Water treatment operators may chlorinate drinking water using either chlorine gas, liquid sodium hypochlorite solution (bleach), or dry calcium hypochlorite.
Chlorine has helped provide safe drinking water in the United States for more than 100 years.
Chlorine is by far the most commonly used drinking water disinfectant in all regions of the world. Today, about 98 percent of U.S. water treatment systems use some type of chlorine disinfection process to help provide safe drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires treated tap water to contain a detectable level of chlorine to protect against germs as it flows from the treatment plant to consumers' taps.
The small amount of chlorine added to disinfect drinking water in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations is safe for consumption. According to EPA, allowable chlorine levels in drinking water (up to 4 parts per million) pose "no known or expected health risk."
This is a temporary process that lasts approximately three weeks.
Yes. This is a commo industry practice. There are many utilities in Broward County and throughout the country that use chloramines as a distribution system disinfectant which convert to free chlorine on a periodic basis.
No, the drinking water still meets all State and Federal water quality standards.
Some people may notice a change in the taste or the odor during this time, but adverse health effects are not expected.
Your water may taste or smell different because the City of Deerfield Beach is temporarily changing its disinfection process. There will be a change from chloramines (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) to chlorine only. Water systems using chloramines periodically change to chlorine as part of a maintenance program within the water distribution system. During this temporary change to chlorine, you may notice a slight difference in the taste or smell of your tap water.
We suggest storing water in an open pitcher and placing in the refrigerator. The chlorine will naturally dissipate from the water, and will become less noticeable. Also, cold water tastes better.
As part of our commitment to provide safe and reliable water, the Utilities plant staff always monitor the water to determine when the system might need the treatment change.
Just as with chlorine, chloramines can harm all saltwater and freshwater fish, reptiles, shellfish, and amphibians that live in water. Commercial establishments and hobbyists involved in fish rearing need to take precautions. There are two methods that can be used to remove or neutralize chloramines before adding water to a fish tank, pond, or aquarium: (1) Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filtration system specifically designed to remove chloramines, or (2) conditioner or additive that contains a de-chlorinating chemical for both ammonia and chlorine. These products are available at local pet and aquarium supply stores. The residential and commercial fish owners are advised to verify which method is best for them with their pet store or aquatic/aquarium retailer.
Flushing fire hydrants is a routine part of the free chlorination process. This will occur in various parts of the City, as a result, increased flushing may be observed during this time.
Green iguanas are not protected in Florida except by anti-cruelty laws and can be humanely killed on the private property year-round with landowner permission. The FWC encourages the removal of green iguanas from private properties by landowners. Members of the public may also remove and kill iguanas from 22 FWC managed public lands without a license or permit under Executive Order 17-11. Captured iguanas cannot be relocated and released at other locations in Florida. Homeowners that trap iguanas on their property may be able to obtain euthanasia services from local exotic veterinarians, humane societies or animal control offices depending on the location and availability of services. If you are not capable of safely removing iguanas from your property, please seek assistance from a professional nuisance wildlife trapper.
If you have an iguana frequenting your area, you can take steps to deter the animal such as modifying the habitat around your home or humanely harassing the animal. Examples of effective habitat modification and harassment include:
View the FWC presentation Iguana Technical Assistance for Homeowners.
Escaped or released pets remain a primary source of introduced species in Florida, although it is illegal to introduce nonnative species into the state. Through the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program, pet owners who are either unable to care for their exotic pets, such as green iguanas, or who no longer wish to keep them can surrender them with no questions asked and without penalties regardless of whether those pets are kept legally or illegally. Surrendered pets are adopted to new owners who have been pre-qualified and who have any required permits. The EPAP helps reduce the number of nonnative species being released into the wild by pet owners and fosters responsible pet ownership, giving pet owners an ethical and ecologically sound alternative to releasing an exotic animal.