Written by Miami Today on July 22, 2010
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ROLLING BILLBOARDS: A resolution to sell ad space on Miami-Dade County vehicles, excluding emergency units, unanimously passed the county commission’s Government Operations Committee last week and is to go to the full board Sept. 9. "I think the real issue is how much revenue can be potentially gained," said Jennifer Glazer-Moon, director of the Office of Strategic Business Management, the county department that is to conduct a study if the resolution passes. She said at the committee meeting that restrictions on advertisements would be important but could limit revenue. Jose "Pepe" Diaz sponsored the resolution.
IDEAS, ANYONE?: With a tough budget year impending, Miami city commissioners are turning to city committees and employees for help. A special commission meeting is to be held today (7/22) at 5 p.m. for "the Budget Task Force Committee, the Finance Committee and the unions and employees to provide their solutions for the budget shortfall this year and the next three years," according to the agenda. This won’t be the first call for aid — a suggestion box for budget-cutback ideas was recently spotted at City Hall.
CA-CHING: Businesses that have coin-operated amusement machines would be subject to new licensing requirements and fees under an ordinance up for initial vote at today’s (7/22) Miami commission meeting. In addition to getting city laws in line with the state’s, the changes have been touted as a moneymaking engine. It’s estimated it could earn the city about $750,000 a year.
MULLING MILLAGE: Miami commissioners are to vote on a proposed millage for the upcoming fiscal year at today’s (7/22) commission meeting. A rate cap is set so that it can be distributed to residents in the annual Truth in Millage, or TRIM, notice, but can be lowered later before the budget is final.
CALM WATERS: After years of disagreements, the City of Miami will put to rest disputes over its position on Miami River development with the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the intervening Miami River Marine Group if commissioners OK a settlement and amendments to the Miami Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan at today’s (7/22) commission meeting. Disputes over the river stemmed from changed wording in the city’s comprehensive plan allowing for large-scale residential development along the river and the Department of Community Affairs rejection of the changes.
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