Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s Strategic Annexation in 2010

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Now the city manager of Dania Beach, Florida, Robert Baldwin has held this position in several Florida cities. During his tenure as city manager of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Robert Baldwin spearheaded an annexation initiative to boost revenue and lower taxes.

In 2010, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea annexed an oceanfront 1,800-resident condo complex called Sea Ranch Lakes. The annexation of the complex from unincorporated Broward County required the town to pay $112,000 to Pompano Beach in order to add the complex to the town’s sewage disposal plan. Despite a rise in sewage rates for residents, the annexation lowered taxes by expanding the town’s tax base by 58 percent, taking its total taxable value to $428 million.

Further, the initiative helped Lauderdale-By-The-Sea fund its $4.1 million budget that year, which was more than $818,000 higher than that of the previous year. Much of the extra revenue went toward fulfilling agreements with Sea Ranch Lakes, such as hiring two police officers for beach patrol, a part-time technician to repair parking meters, a part-time grant writer, and a part-time planner. However, the annexation allowed the town to increase its reserves from $300,000 to more than $1 million.

Fort Lauderdale Cancels Contract for Law Enforcement Vehicles

City manager Robert Baldwin has spent more than three decades in local government management. His experience includes managing budgets of millions of dollars and managing city personnel of up to 3,200 employees. From 1978 to 1986, Robert Baldwin served as assistant city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fort Lauderdale recently canceled a contract with Government Fleet Services, a company hired to provide new, unmarked law enforcement vehicles. The city signed the $6.1 million contract last year in hopes of saving money on the replacement of its old fleet, but the contractor failed to provide the specified number of vehicles. The program could have saved money for the city by providing new cars at a substantially lower-than-market cost and allowing old cars to rotate out of the fleet for resale. The vehicles furnished by the contractor met the criteria for the discounted rate, but the contractor could not supply the quantity of vehicles required to meet the city’s needs.