FYI Miami: October 15, 2015
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BOND DISCLOSURE: Before Miami-Dade voters go to the polls for a referendum on bond borrowing to build a project, they will receive an estimate of the facility’s operation and maintenance costs as well as the funding source. County commissioners voted, 9-3 Oct. 6 to disclose the information within bond summaries. Dennis Moss, Barbara Jordan and Jean Monestime voted no. Juan Zapata, prime sponsor of the ordinance, was absent when it came up. During other meetings when the legislation was debated, however, he made his views clear and said voters should know exactly what they’re committing to when they vote to borrow via general obligation bonds. Additionally, he said, voters should know that property taxes will pay the cost of maintaining the facilities.
BUSINESS BUILDERS: To attract new local businesses, a county committee is to consider today (10/15) asking for a report within four months that would list all county efforts to create and promote local businesses, analyze whether these efforts can be improved, uncover any county practices that impede business formation and analyze ways to overcome those barriers. The resolution by Rebeca Sosa asks that the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and other local business organizations be involved in the study. The Economic Prosperity Committee is to vote on her measure.
DRIVER EDUCATION: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez would be asked to work with county school officials to review the hours of school operation, determine their impact on road traffic and evaluate options to reduce traffic congestion under a resolution that a county commission committee was to consider this week. The resolution by Rebeca Sosa notes that the nation’s fourth largest school system, with 392 schools, 345,000 students and more than 40,000 employees, contributes to morning rush hour traffic jams.
IMPACT FEES FOR TRANSIT: A Miami-Dade County committee is to vote this week on allowing road impact fees to fund mass transit projects that benefit multiple impact fee districts. Legislation coming before the Transit and Mobility Services committee, if approved by the full commission, would permit using the funds for specific transit capital projects that commissioners determine, after a hearing, would be effective as part of the county’s strategy for providing roadway capacity and benefit each of the impact fee districts contributing roadway trust funds to the transit improvement. The roadway trust funds would not be used on existing deficiencies.