Published On: Mon, Mar 29th, 2010

From the Mayor's Desk

 

Good & Important Statistics for Boca Raton

 

by Mayor Susan Whelchel

 

CRIME CONTINUES TO DECREASE IN BOCA RATON

The City of Boca Raton recently received really good news on the crime front.

Boca Raton Chief of Police Dan Alexander recently announced that crime in our city dropped 4.6% last year, continuing a downward trend from the year before, when criminal activity was down 5.7%. Over 90% of the reported crimes involved property offenses.  Burglaries decreased slightly and larcenies were down by 5.2%. Automobile burglaries dropped by 10% and motor vehicle thefts declined by about 15%. Shoplifting increased by about 5%.

Residents of Boca Raton should recognize the wonderful work of Chief Alexander and the Boca Raton Police Department.  Our city is one of the safest places to live, work and goes to school in Florida.  We must continue to

 

Mayor Susan Whelchel

support the police department’s vigilance and help them perform their duties to continue to make Boca Raton a safe place to call home.

 


MAYOR WHELCHEL PICKED AS “BEST CITY OFFICIAL”FOR 2010 BY READERS OF SUN SENTINEL FORUM

I would like to thank the people of Boca Raton for making me the 2010 Sun Sentinel Forum Boca Raton “Best City Official.” I was very honored to receive this designation.  I will continue to work hard as Mayor for the citizens of Boca Raton.


MAKE SURE TO FILL OUT CENSUS FORMS AND RETURN THEM SOON !

Speaking of statistics, most of you have received Census questionnaires, which are due to be sent in soon.

It is extremely important that all Boca Raton residents fill out these forms and return them to the Census Bureau.

The Census is performed once in ten years and is mandated by the US Constitution. It counts the number of residents in every municipality in the country.

The distribution of over $400 billion in federal funding will predicated on the new 2010 Census figures.  For Boca Raton, not filling out those forms could be a significant impact on the way we receive revenue sharing from the state and Federal governments if we undercount our population.

If the citizens of Boca Raton don’t return their census forms, it could mean that we receive less money than we would be entitled to from Tallahassee and Washington.  The more of this revenue we collect from the state and federal governments, the less we have to look toward the local taxpayer for funds.

In 2000, Florida was one of the states with the lowest participation rates, which had a negative impact on Florida taxpayers in many ways.

The data also will be used to adjust legislative boundaries.  The census figures being collected now will determine our state and federal districts in Boca Raton in 2012.The Census form is completely confidential and asks basic questions. It takes about ten minutes to fill out and comes with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Please take a few moments and fill out and mail your Census questionnaire.

Just like helping to fight crime, you are performing an important civic duty by making sure you are counted as a Boca Raton resident in our census.b

If the citizens of Boca Raton don’t return their census forms, it could mean that we receive less money than we would be entitled to from Tallahassee and Washington.  The more of this revenue we collect from the state and federal governments, the less we have to look toward the local taxpayer for funds.

In 2000, Florida was one of the states with the lowest participation rates, which had a negative impact on Florida taxpayers in many ways.

The data also will be used to adjust legislative boundaries.  The census figures being collected now will determine our state and federal districts in Boca Raton in 2012.

The Census form is completely confidential and asks basic questions. It takes about ten minutes to fill out and comes with a self addressed stamped envelope.

Please take a few moments and fill out and mail your Census questionnaire.

Just like helping to fight crime, you are performing an important civic duty by making sure you are counted as a Boca Raton resident in our census.