FYI Miami: November 7, 2013
WORDS OF WARNING: Miami-Dade special elections seeking approval for general obligation bonds or any other bonds based on real estate taxes would have to note on the ballot that if approved the bonds would be “paid or secured by taxes derived from the assessed value of property in the county” under a measure that county commissioners approved Tuesday a measure that must clear committee action and then another commission vote to take effect. The measure, introduced by Esteban Bovo Jr., would allow a county commission meeting to waive the requirement by a two-thirds vote of those present, and it would not apply at general elections where bond issues were on the ballot. Ballot summaries of items before voters are limited to 75 words. The measure would not apply to bond issues sought by cities.
CURBING CAB LEASE RATES: Miami-Dade commissioners by resolution Tuesday asked the Florida Legislature to repeal a provision that prohibits the county from regulating how much a taxi owner may charge a taxi driver to lease a cab. The measure by Jean Monestime says drivers are currently charged as much as $770 a week to lease a licensed cab and that more than 75% of the county’s more than 2,000 taxicab licenses in the county are leased by drivers from license owners. As other measures regarding taxis in the county look to improve service and quality, Mr. Monestime’s measure says that allowing the county to set taxi lease rates to drivers “would not only ensure that taxicab drivers make a fair wage, but also improve the quality of taxicab service generally.”
TAXI STRICTURES: A proposed ordinance to create stricter operating standards for taxis is headed to the Transportation and Aviation Committee this month. The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted on first reading a proposal to prevent drivers from adding surcharges for credit or debit card payments. It also increases penalties when drivers charge fares or fees outside the established rates. The proposal would bar cab operators from using credit card processing systems that have not passed inspection and certification. The transportation committee is to hear the issue Nov. 13.
MORE GRADUATES: A Miami Education Summit today (11/7) is to address ways to achieve a 90% high school graduation rate in Miami-Dade County by 2020. Miami Dade College is joining with America’s Promise Alliance and Grad Nation Campaign to produce the session, which is to be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college’s Wolfson Campus, Chap Man Center room 3210, at 300 NE Second Ave. RSVP: http://bit.ly/1cupsTL.
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