AMENDMENTS Proposed by Miami-Dade Commissioners…Ignored Voters’ Message After Historic Recall (March 24, 2011 Meeting)
Posted by FactReal on March 24, 2011
|COMMISSIONERS DISREGARD VOTERS AND INVENT NEW BENEFTIS FOR THEMSELVES
Miami-Dade commissioners met today to supposedly respond to the wrath of the voters who are demanding fiscal responsibility and reform of county government and overwhelmingly voted last week to remove mayor Carlos Alvarez and commissioner Natacha Seijas for raising property taxes, for shenanigans with the unions, mismanagement, and other dictator-like conduct.
|But the commissioners perverted the voters’ message and voted for items to benefit themselves. After almost 9 hours of
|1) INCREASE SALARY & SET 12-YEAR TERM LIMIT:
Increase commissioners’ base salaries from $6,000 to $92,097 a year in exchange for them not having outside employment and to set three consecutive four-year terms limits for county commissioners beginning after the 2012 election. (But each of the 13 commissioners already receives almost $1 million for their annual budgets which they use as they please — with few restrictions and no questions asked — plus $11,500 annual retirement contribution, unlimited free gas, $55,388 benefit package that includes an $800 monthly car allowance, etc. They will get great pensions and benefits for the rest of their lives…all paid by taxpayers. After all the mismanagement and abuses they want to increase their salaries and guarantee themselves 12 consecutive years as commissioners. The key word here is “consecutive.” After the first 12 years, will the commissioners run for re-election after a short resting period…securing for themselves another 12 years in power? When will it end? This sounds like lifetime dictators with vacation periods in between. Would a new pension kick in every time they temporarily retire?)
2) NO LOBBYING:
3) TASK FORCE:
5) NO STRONG MAYOR:
6) EASIER PETITIONS…not really
May 24th will also be the election for a mayor and a commissioner for district 13, but the commissioners have to return on April 11th to formally schedule that vote. I hope that scheduling doesn’t take another 9-hour debate…some of us have a life to live.
|UPDATE: Special Meeting of the Board of County Commission – March 24, 2011
Here are the video and agenda of the commissioners’ meeting.