As a Council Member, Jennifer Andreu will ensure the allocation of funding to provide for public services, community development and infrastructure improvements. She is a strategic planner who is well versed in operations, facilities, budget development, and legislative issues.
"FOCUSED ON OUR FUTURE"
COVID-19 PANDEMIC RECOVERY
The primary responsibility of elected officials is ensuring the health and safety of our Plantation residents. As a Council Member, I would ensure that our city receives our fair share of funding from the county for response and recovery. These funds would protect our workforce, police officers and essential workers.
SAFETY, SECURITY & TRAFFIC
Again, safety is the main priority. Purchasing and utilizing additional solar panel radar speed limit signs could assist with speeding, car accidents and deter crime. If elected, I would like to study the feasibility of purchasing additional solar panel radar speed limit signs for the city and placing them strategically in high traffic areas. We need traffic calming solutions in certain areas of Plantation. A traffic study including a detailed analysis is needed prior to the approval of additional development proposals.
WORLD CLASS EDUCATION
We are fortunate to have 10 public schools in our city (6 elementary, 2 middle and 2 senior high schools). As a city, we should partner with our local schools to provide support services and supplement some of the budgetary needs they may have. I would like to institute a mentorship program with local businesses and our secondary students. We should assist our schools with marketing their academic and vocational programs: Plantation Middle – International Baccalaureate, Seminole Middle – Division of Enhanced Communication and Law (DECAL), Plantation High School – Gifted Academy, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, and South Plantation High School – Environmental Magnet, Cambridge, Career and Professional Education and Pathways of Innovation.
MAINTAINING / INCREASING PROPERTY VALUES
Studies find that homes adjacent to naturalistic parks and open spaces are typically valued at about 8% to 20% higher than comparable properties. We will continue to maintain and increase our home values by providing walk ability to shops. Our hospital, street trees, parks, libraries, and schools help increase our property values and must be maintained.
The City of Plantation has received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for several years. The city has historically been financially responsible and good stewards of taxpayer dollars. The Fiscal Year 2021 budget will go into effect October 1, 2020. This process begins in January of each year. I believe allowing for additional fiscal transparency empowers the community to have a greater voice and participate in the budgetary process. The stakeholders in the community should take an active role in delineating the priorities for the city. The budget is placed on the City’s website, but I would like to implement a process in which a budget summary is sent electronically to all residents. Furthermore, the development and maintenance of the budget should periodically have an independent fiscal review.
ADVOCATING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
I am committed to promoting the economic development of our local, small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses in Plantation. We should keep our dollars in our community because it helps create jobs and we strengthen the economic base of our city. Shopping locally is an investment in our family, friends and neighbors and you usually receive better customer service with small businesses than the large corporate owned stores. Especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, we should be supporting our local businesses. As councilwoman, I would work on securing grant funds for businesses to have personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees and customers. I would work with the business owners to provide them with the latest resources.