Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Miami Mayor Recalled - Raised Property Taxes 14%

See http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/16/us-usa-florida-election-result-idUSTRE72F0EC20110316
Reuters March 15, 2011 article by Kevin Gray

Angry voters oust Miami-Dade mayor in special vote
■ "Voters in Miami-Dade, one of the most populous U.S. counties, removed Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office in a special vote on Tuesday triggered by popular anger over a hike in property taxes."
■ "Official results showed 88 percent of voters backed the effort to oust the once-popular mayor, who is his second four-year term."
■ "The Cuban-born Alvarez came under criticism last year when Miami-Dade, saddled with record high 12 percent unemployment and the same budget deficits faced by many local and state governments, introduced a property tax increase to help fund vital services including police and public schools."
■ "The 14 percent tax hike was imposed despite double-digit declines in real estate values as south Florida was hammered by the U.S. housing and mortgage foreclosure crisis."
■ "Alvarez, 58, was also criticized for raising salaries for some county employees as well as backing a deal to use nearly $350 million in public funds to build a new stadium to house the Florida Marlins baseball team in Miami's Little Havana district."

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