Written by Miami Today on September 16, 2010
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FEE FLAGS: Every item Miami-Dade commissioners consider that would raise fees, trigger fines or otherwise charge taxpayers must now clearly identify those increases, based on a Friday commission vote. The commission adopted Rebeca Sosa’s resolution 13-0.
SURTAX UPDATE: Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously resolved Friday that Mayor Carlos Alvarez or a designee should report within 90 days on the status of projects included in the 2002 People’s Transportation Plan, which created a half-percent tax on purchases up to $5,000 for transportation improvements. The report is to include the completion percentage, amount spent, total cost and completion date for each project. Plan projects included a Metrobus fleet expansion from 700 buses to 1,335 and the 3.1-mile extension of the Metrorail to the Miami Intermodal Center.
KENDALL HANGAR: Commissioners also approved a 20-year lease agreement between the county and B&B for the construction of a hangar on 1.79 acres at Kendall-Tamiami Airport. B&B President Rodney Barreto served as the 2010 South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee chairman. Per the agreement, B&B, which is to use the hangar for its company plane, is to invest no less than $400,000 for hangar design and construction and is not required to pay rent, currently estimated at $11,901 annually, the first 20 years.
CHAIR TERMS STAND: Commissioners voted down 5-8 Friday a move to do away with provisions limiting the Miami-Dade commission chairperson and vice chairperson to terms of two consecutive years. Chairman Dennis Moss, Vice Chairman Jose Diaz, and Barbara Jordan, Dorrin Rolle, Sally Heyman, Rebeca Sosa, Katy Sorenson and Natacha Seijas rejected the proposal by Carlos Gimenez.
FREEZE FROZEN: After nearly three years of a "temporary" moratorium on building permits for mobile home park properties, Miami-Dade commissioners once again postponed hearing an item that would either dissolve the freeze completely or create a new ordinance regulating zoning. The item would define statutory requirements for park development, set standards to ensure compliance to these requirements, and provide additional notice standards for any project resulting in the removal or relocation of mobile home owners. While the item was on Friday’s agenda, the commission carried it over to its Sept. 21 meeting.
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