noose tighter; commission OKs hearing rule
officials have made another move to tighten the county's policy on
allowing areas to incorporate.
voted Tuesday to require a hearing to initiate incorporation procedures.
The item, sponsored by Barbara Carey-Shuler, calls for the hearing
even if a county commissioner sponsors the request.
certain preliminary steps including first public hearings
can be bypassed in incorporation procedures if the issue is brought
before the 13-member board by a fellow commissioner, said County Attorney
further restricts the commission's power," Mr. Ginsburg said
of the proposal.
month the commission voted not to allow Fisher Island to incorporate.
Several island residents against incorporation voiced concerns to
commissioners, saying they were not aware of the initial hearing on
Fisher Island issue was first brought before the commission and sponsored
by Bruno Barreiro. The issue was first heard without an official hearing
being announced. Ms. Carey-Shuler said she wants to prevent that from
ordinance only changes the initial public hearing," she said.
"The item can still be brought in front of us, but we have to
do it through a public hearing first."
proposed ordinance dovetails with some commissioners' efforts to make
policies for incorporations stricter.
commissioners say that when wealthy communities such as Fisher Island
incorporate they take part of the county's tax base with them, leaving
poorer, unincorporated areas without enough money for adequate police
and fire services.
last month commissioners passed an ordinance sponsored by Dennis Moss
to suspend negotiations with the municipal advisory committee for
incorporations until Tuesday's election.
were asked in a referendum to require areas to keep agreements made
with the county once they incorporate.
policy would apply to future areas looking to become municipalities.
Groups in the Redlands, Country Club Lakes, Palmetto Lakes and Doral
have taken initial steps toward incorporation, although further procedures
have been suspended until after this week's vote.
soon-to-incorporate Miami Lakes, which has moved deep into the process,
is set to have a charter written in time for a Dec. 5 countywide election.
Then, residents will vote on the proposed town.