Miami Dade County Community Forum

Friday, September 11, 2009

Budget: The City of Miami uses the County Playbook.

Just as Miami Dade County did, the City of Miami voted to keep the tax rate flat. The Miami Herald said about the budget meeting:

Taxpayers flooded Miami City Hall Thursday for the first of two budget hearings -- a meeting so volatile a screaming match broke out between a commissioner and the mayor.

The City of Miami has a $118 million budget gap - not even close to the County's half a billion gap. The vote for the flat tax was unanimous at the City because Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, who wanted a delay, left the dais and did not vote.

If the Commissioners go with Mayor Diaz's proposed budget, the gap will be more manageable, only $28 million.

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