About the Emerald Hills Safety Enhancement District
The Emerald Hills Safety Enhancement District was established on August 30, 2017, by City Ordinance 2017-13 pursuant to F.S. Chapter 189.
The Ordinance was renewed in April of 2020 for seven years. Here is a copy of the signed ordinance. Ord O-2020-06 -signed
Due to an increase of criminal activity in the city of Hollywood, especially in the Emerald Hills neighborhood, a group of concerned citizens that had previously facilitated the hiring of a private patrol for the neighborhood began working with the city to implement a fair share approach to the extra patrol all residents were receiving the benefit of. After 8 years of a private patrol which a portion of the residents paid for, the City agreed to create a Special Taxing District and create The District.
The District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected by City of Hollywood commission. The District may impose and levy an assessment on each property located with the District at a rate of no more than $250 annually per property. All property owners within the District will be subject to the annual assessments which will appear on the tax bill. The District utilizes the Broward County Tax Collector to collect this assessment. The annual assessments appear in the non-ad valorem section of the property tax bill. Funds from the assessments will pay for the following:
- The operation and maintenance of the District, including all legal and municipal laws and regulations
- Roving safety patrol within the boundaries of the District
Frequently Asked Questions
For only $250 dollars a year, residents of Emerald Hills get a much greater level of security and protection. The funds are primarily used to pay off-duty Hollywood Police Officers for a private detail.
Learn more how the Emerald Hills Safety Enhancement District benefits you and your family by clicking below.
“Our home was robbed during the day in June of 2016. Thankfully we were not home. Our alarm was not armed due to workers just leaving the house. The perpetrator was seen on some neighbors video walking down the street. The next day, our hired patrol (off duty Hollywood Police) noticed someone of a similar description walking in the neighborhood again. They approached him and asked for his ID. They had to let him go, but ran a check of his name against recent activity in pawn shops. We were called down to the pawn shop he visited locally and recovered a good portion of our belongings. He was arrested that night and is currently in jail for his crimes. Thanks to the patrol, we were able to catch him and prevent any further losses in our neighborhood. “