FYI Miami: July 13, 2017
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ALL-STAR HOTEL PRICES: Hotel price comparison site HotelsCombined reported that hotel prices in Miami rose 16% Tuesday due to the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star game at Marlins Park. On Tuesday, a hotel room in Miami averaged $142, the site said. Hotel prices downtown – near Marlins Park – were more expensive, with rooms costing $187 Tuesday night, 27% higher than the rest of Miami. By next Tuesday, Miami hotel prices should decrease 16% to an average of $121, the site said. Downtown hotel occupancy rates on Tuesday were at 79%, with Miami’s total occupancy rate at 69%, HotelsCombined said.
MIAMI TAX RATE CUT OFFERED: Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado announced Friday release of 2017-18 proposed budgets that lower millage rate for city property owners, invest more in capital projects, divide the Planning and Zoning Department into two stand-alone departments, and create a Department of Veterans Affairs and Homeless Services. The Office of Management and Budget will hold community budget meetings around the city. The proposed budgets are at www.miamigov.com/budget.
DELINQUENCIES DECLINE: Miami-Dade County reduced its past-due receivables by nearly $4 million from the first of the year to March 31, reports from Mayor Carlos Gimenez show. The county had delinquent accounts on the books of nearly $44.7 million on March 31, down from more than $48.3 million at the start of the year. The largest single reduction was more than $3.1 million in delinquent water and sewer charges from the first of the year, when the total was nearly $13.9 million, to more than $10.7 million on March 31. Much of the reduction was probably due to write-offs of delinquent accounts. The largest delinquent category as of March 31 was more than $11.6 million in public housing and community development.
CLEAN CAMPAIGN CLASSES: Political candidates, campaign workers and politically active citizens are the targets of two classes on how to run clean political campaigns, produced jointly by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust and the Miami-Dade Elections Department. The classes will teach how to open and manage campaign financial accounts and run ethical campaigns. the 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. sessions will help candidates in the upcoming elections avoid legal pitfalls, correctly raise and report funds, keep records properly and understand the legal and ethical implications of seeking public office. The sessions will be Aug. 10 in the council chambers at Homestead City Hall, 100 Civic Court, and Sept. 19 in the commission chambers in Miami Beach City Hall, 17990 Convention Center Drive.