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Vote ‘NO’ on Tax Increase for Animal Services – Miami-Dade Charter Amendment (Election: Nov. 2012)

Posted by FactReal on November 4, 2012

The 2012 November ballot for Miami-Dade County has several County Questions. Below is a quick background and recommendation for one of the questions:

QUESTION: PROPERTY TAX INCREASE FOR ANIMAL SERVICES
Title: Non-Binding Straw Ballot on Funding Improved Animal Services Programs
Language on the ballot:

Would you be in favor of the County Commission increasing the countywide general fund millage by 0.1079 mills and applying the additional ad valorem tax revenues generated thereby to fund improved animal services, including:

  • Decreasing the killing of adoptable dogs and cats (historically approximately 20,000 annually);
  • Reducing stray cat populations (currently approximately 400,000 cats); and
  • Funding free and low-cost spay/neuter programs, low-cost veterinary care programs, and responsible pet ownership educational programs?

RECOMMENDATION: Why Vote ‘NO’: We don’t need to pay more property taxes to deal with this. We cannot continue to allow Miami politicians to put our house as a collateral to fund their latest trick to get our money. They always come up with altruistic-sounding reasons to raise our taxes: “This tax is for the children,” “This one for seniors,” “This other tax will create jobs,” etc. Now they are proposing an additional tax “to decrease the killing of adoptable dogs and cats.” Who wouldn’t want to give a better life to dogs and cats? But throwing more money at the problem is not the solution. Have they considered other solutions, i.e., a temporary moratorium or the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for a couple of years until the animal over-population is controlled?

As a result of high unemployment and a weak economic environment, property owners are struggling to pay their bills. Adding one more property tax could exacerbate their financial problems. If a homeowner doesn’t pay his property taxes, government confiscates his property, then sales it to the highest bidder via an auction website.
(See a listing of auctioned properties for delinquent real estate taxes:
http://miamitimesonline.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/MiamiTimesrealestatetaxes.pdf )

The commission has to cut excess spending like lifetime union pensions and high salaries given to public employees. By the way, the Miami-Dade School Board must do the same instead of pushing for $1.2 billion debt bond for schools…and labor unions.

And, why do we need public unions for? There are plenty of laws protecting workers.

BACKGROUND
Commissioners passed the resolution: 13-0
Resolution Reference: R-647-12

MORE: NOVEMBER 2012 ELECTION
All Miami-Dade County Charter Amendments & Recommendations
2012 Florida Constitutional Amendments & Voter Guides
Vote ‘NO’ on $1.2 Billion School Bond

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