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At the May 3, 2016, Board of County Commissioners meeting, the board took the following action:

Infrastructure surtax – approved on first reading and to advertise for public hearing on May 17 an ordinance authorizing a one-cent sales surtax referendum to fund infrastructure projects countywide. If approved by voters in November, the surtax would generate an estimated $2.7 billion over 10 years to be distributed in the following amounts: Palm Beach County School District, 50%; Palm Beach County, 30%; municipalities, 20%. Because cultural projects and economic incentives were removed from the proposal, a new interlocal agreement must be executed between the county, the school district and municipalities comprising 50 percent plus one of the incorporated population.

Mounts Botanical Garden – accepted a donation of $470,000 from Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden, Inc. and approved a budget transfer of $40,000 from the capital outlay fund for construction of a tropical wetland garden at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.

Avenir – approved a proportionate share agreement with Avenir Holdings, LLC in the approximate amount of $105.4 million to satisfy countywide traffic concurrency for the Avenir residential development project located north of Northlake Blvd., east of Grapeview Blvd. and south of Beeline Highway in the city of Palm Beach Gardens.

Pal-Mar – approved the acquisition of an undeveloped 1.1-acre parcel north of Indiantown Road and northeast of Beeline Highway. The tract is located in Palm Beach Heights, which is part of the Pal-Mar Natural Area. The purchase price is $1,850 plus approximately $500 in closing costs, title insurance and recording fees.

Enclave – approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Lake Worth for the annexation of 14 parcels totaling 8.19 acres on the northwest and southeast corners of 10th Avenue North and Boutwell Road.

Artificial reef – approved the acquisition of the M/V Ana Ceilia from the U. S. Customs Service at no cost to the county and approved a budget transfer of $125,000 from the vessel registration fee trust fund to cover the costs for towing, preparing and scuttling of the ship off the Lake Worth Inlet to become an artificial reef.

STD medical services – adopted a resolution amending the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County’s fee schedule reducing the rates to the self-pay uninsured population for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and medical and laboratory services. Patients are currently charged $159. The proposed new rates are $58.02 for new patients and $48.84 for existing patients.

Economic Sustainability – heard a presentation on the 2016-2017 Palm Beach County Action Plan.


 

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