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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: $800 MONTHLY CAR ALLOWANCE FOR THE COMMISSIONERS & MAYOR PAID BY TAXPAYERS (photos, costs)

Posted by FactReal on September 17, 2010

COMMISSIONERS TO TAXPAYERS: LUXURY FOR ME. MORE TAXES FOR YOU.
This past Monday, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to increase property taxes to close the $444 million budget deficit. But they are keeping their taxpayer-subsidized luxury cars.

Back in May 2010, the media reported this government waste. “Each year Miami-Dade County government spends $1.5 million on car allowances for more than 400 employees.” “County documents show commissioners are leasing or renting cars – from a Cadillac to a Lexus to an Infiniti and a Honda Pilot – for lease prices ranging from $674 a month to more than $950 a month.” [4] All this coming from politicians who are pushing the green-global-warming agenda. Shouldn’t they use mass public transportation?

Taxpayers are being negatively impacted by high unemployment, severe economic recession, lower property values, and coming tax increases. However, Miami-Dade top county executives and commissioners continue with their luxuries paid by taxpayers: [2]

COMMISSIONERS’ taxpayer-subsidized luxury cars:

2007 Cadillac Escalade

Diaz

Commissioner
JOSE “PEPE” DIAZ: $47,998
paid by the county (Nov. 2006) for a 2007 Cadillac Escalade

“The county paid $47,998 to Williamson Cadillac so Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz could drive a 2007 Cadillac Escalade.”

2010 Cadillac SRX

Edmonson

Commissioner
AUDREY EDMONSON: $34,065
paid by the county (Nov. 2009) for a 2010 Cadillac SRX

“In November, Miami-Dade County government paid $34,085 to Williamson Cadillac for a three-year lease on the 2010 Cadillac for Edmonson.”

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML350W4

Gimenez

Commissioner
CARLOS GIMENEZ: $27,839
paid by the county (Nov. 2008) for a 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML350W4

“In November 2008, the county paid $27,839 for Gimenez’s three-year lease on a 2009 Mercedes Benz ML350W4.”

2009 Toyota Highlander

Heyman

Commissioner
SALLY A. HEYMAN: $28,670
for a 2009 Toyota Highlander

She “is leasing a $28,670 through the county, which required $1,094 at signing in February 2009 and costs taxpayers $766 a month for three years.”
Bailout, dollars, stimulus, allowance, stipend, theft, politicians, Obama

Jordan

Commissioner
BARBARA JORDAN: $800 monthly
She opted to get the $800 monthly car allowance (stipend.)

She is “one of three commissioners who chose not to lease a car through the county and instead accept the $800 monthly stipend.” She “staunchly defends the perk.”

2010 Lexus GX460

Martinez

Commissioner
JOE MARTINEZ: $33,647
paid by the county (Jan. 2010) for a 2010 Lexus GX460

“In January the county paid Lexus of West Kendall $33,647 for a three-year lease on a 2010 Lexus GX460 for Commissioner Martinez.”
Bailout, dollars, stimulus, allowance, stipend, theft, politicians, Obama

Moss

Commissioner
DENNIS MOSS: $800 monthly
He “opted for an $800 a month auto stipend rather than leasing through the county.”
Bailout, dollars, stimulus, allowance, stipend, theft, politicians, Obama

Rolle

Commissioner
DORRIN D. ROLLE: $800 monthly
He “opted for an $800 a month auto stipend rather than leasing through the county.”

2008 Lexus RX400H

Seijas

Commissioner
NATACHA SEIJAS: $25,701
paid by the county (April 2009) for a 2008 Lexus RX400H

“In April 2009, $25,701 in taxpayer funds covered Commissioner Natacha Seijas’ leased 2008 Lexus RX400H.”

2009 Infiniti M35 Sedan

Sosa

Commissioner
REBECA SOSA: $30,604
paid by the county (July 2009) for a 2009 Infiniti M35 Sedan

“Last July…county government paid $30,604 at Sawgrass Infiniti for a three-year lease for Commissioner Rebeca Sosa’s 2009 Infiniti M35X.”
NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE
but all Commissioners receive an $800 monthly car allowance

Sorenson

Commissioner
KATY SORENSON
NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE
but all Commissioners receive an $800 monthly car allowance

Souto

Commissioner
JAVIER D. SOUTO
NO INFORMATION AVAILABLE
but all Commissioners receive an $800 monthly car allowance

Barreiro

Commissioner
BRUNO A. BARREIRO
EXECUTIVES’ taxpayer-subsidized luxury cars:

2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo

Alvarez

County Mayor
CARLOS ALVAREZ:
1) 2010 BMW 550i Gran Turismo:
Bids for 30-month lease were accepted in May 2010 to replace the 2008 BMW 650i Coupe for which the county paid $41,621 in May 2008.
2) 2008 Chevrolet Suburban:
County-owned
3) 2007 Chevrolet Suburban:
County-owned

Back in May 2010, the press reported Carlos Alvarez had “two county-owned Chevy Suburbans and two drivers to crisscross South Florida” and was “poised to take possession of a new BMW 550i Gran Turismo sedan” to replace the taxpayer-subsidized 2008 BMW 650i he had for the past two years.

2008 Chevrolet Suburban

2007 Chevrolet Suburban

2010 Infiniti M35

Burgess

County Manager
GEORGE BURGUESS: $29,477
paid by the county (Nov. 2009) for a 2010 Infiniti M35

“The county paid $29,477 at South Motors Infiniti, paying the entire three-year lease.”
GREAT SALARIES AND BENEFITS:
Each of the 13 county commissioners receives $800,000 to use as they want, plus $6,000 salary, plus $55,000 in benefits which include a car allowance/lease option “equaling $800 a month, unlimited gas at the county pump, free insurance and maintenance.” County Manager George Burgess “has a $326,340 salary and benefit package of $101,787.” [1] County Mayor Carlos Alvarez earns a $245,393 salary and more than $99,000 in benefits. [3]

NOTES:
*County leaders are responsible for any payment amount over their $800 monthly allowance.[2] “For top brass, if the amount paid exceeds the equivalent of $800 a month over the course of the lease, the county official must pay back the overage monthly. Alvarez does that with the BMW.” “All other county employees are paid a yearly cash car allowance ranging from $975 to $6,500.” [1]

SOURCES:
1. Palm Beach Post: Budget crisis or not, Miami-Dade leaders are keeping their luxury cars (5/23/2010)
2. El Nuevo Herald (Report in Spanish), car photos (5/23/2010)
3. CBS4: Miami-Dade Mayor Shops For Luxury Car (5/11/2010)
4. CBS4: Dade’s Car Lease Program Is Up For Debate (5/12/2010)
5. CBS4: Commissioners receive more than $55,000 worth of yearly benefits (5/20/2010)

9 Responses to “MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: $800 MONTHLY CAR ALLOWANCE FOR THE COMMISSIONERS & MAYOR PAID BY TAXPAYERS (photos, costs)”

  1. C.W.Crosby said

    Apparently all the citizens of Miami-Dade are so wealthy they can afford it , otherwise their altruistic leaders would not do this. Feeding at the public trough has become a career in itself .

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  5. Joshwa Anderson said

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  6. LUIS GARCIA said

    EVERYTHING HAS AN END……AND WITH THE EFFORTS OF ALL OF US….WE’RE GOING TO RECALL ALL OF THIS DISGRACE..WWE WANT AND WE WILL……LEET THEM RUN AS ALI BABA AND 40 ROBBERS…!

  7. LUIS GARCIA said

    $302.344.00 A YEAR PLUS FREE GAS………AREN’T THEY ALI BABA AND THE 40 ROBBERS?

  8. Edward Diaz said

    Where to go???
    I don’t believe in my commissioner Dennis Moss
    I was searching in the news a list for the salary in some employees in the building department. This is catastrophic the salary in especial the salary for the director and inspectors of Miami-Dade County BLD Department Charles Danger more them $240,000.00 plus bonus last year, this department is responsible for many suicide citizens because the destruction of their property and billions of dollars in LIENS and tickets exiting the minimums of $510.00 per residences in violations that occurred many years before the purchase.
    We need to be digging deeper and resolve the salary of all Miami-Dade County employees, I’m a tax payer in this county and I vote for the Mayor Carlos Alvarez (sorry today) I’m very offended in this report. I’m a retired person and we don’t have an increase in years, our house tax is tremendous rising in the last years.
    It is time to stop these big money makers.
    Please, is someone to do something?
    Queremos una limpieza en el condado!!!
    WE’RE GOING TO RECALL ALL OF THIS SON OF BAD BRAINS ALI BABA ROBBERS

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