Written by Miami Today on February 10, 2011
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SPECIAL SIGNATURES: Nearly two months after a special meeting discussing the potential mayoral recall closed without discussion due a lack of quorum, Miami-Dade officials are working to assure that history does not repeat itself. The Internal Management & Fiscal Responsibility Committee forwarded Tuesday to the full commission an item that would amend the county charter to provide that commission signatures calling for a special meeting signify intent to attend.
STRIKE THREE: A month after his deadline to renegotiate Marlins Stadium contract terms has passed, Mayor Carlos Alvarez has honored the Miami-Dade County Commission’s request to provide an update on the status of discussions. According to a report issued by County Manager George Burgess on Monday, the Florida Marlins did not agree to re-open stadium contracts. In a Dec. 7 statement, Marlins President David Samson said, "We see no legal or other basis to renegotiate or open any of these fair and heavily negotiated agreements."
VISIT MIAMI: Miami-Dade County resort tax collections, which exclude Bal Harbour, Miami Beach and Surfside, rose 27.3% in December to $1.727 million compared to December 2009’s $1.356 million. In addition, collections of the convention development tax, which is a 3% tax on any living quarter utilized six months or less, also climbed 18.3% year over year to $4.803 million from $4.059 million in December 2009. Collections for the county’s food and beverage tax, which is a 2% tax on food and beverage purchases on a hotel property, saw the largest increase in December to $562,647 from December 2009’s $427,024, a 31.8% rise.
TROLLEY FUNDS: Miami will have $313,625 more in state funds to spend on its Health District trolley should commissioners approve the allocation today (2/10). Those funds will total the state’s contribution to $852,185. The city would also be required to match the $313,625, which it plans to do with transit surtax funds.
RAIL RIDERS: Tri-Rail’s year-over-year total ridership dropped 1.1% in December to 294,951 passengers from 298,377 in December 2009, according to reports from Veolia Transportation. Workday ridership increased slightly to 258,953 riders from December 2009’s 257,189, a 0.7% rise. Sunday ridership dropped 6.2% year over year to 16,845 from 17,965. Saturdays saw the largest Tri-Rail ridership decline with 15,782 in December compared to December 2009’s 20,400, a 22.6% fall.
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