Miami-Dade residents join County Commissioners for town hall meeting on Charter amendments
Thursday, May 5, 2011
On Thursday, May 5, 2011, residents from Commission Districts 1, 2 and 3 visited Miami Dade College's North Campus to learn more about the upcoming May 24th special election featuring proposed changes to Miami-Dade's Home Rule Charter. The meeting was organized by County commissioners: Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and Commissioners Barbara J. Jordan and Jean Monestime. Attendees were able to ask questions about the items on the ballot and express their opinions on changes they would like to see in the Charter in the future. Representatives from other County departments were also on hand to assist residents with answering any inquiries.
Residents' opinions varied, with some wanting the Inspector General to be an elected position, opposing the strong mayor form of government, and others supporting term limits. However, there was a general consensus that more communication from Miami-Dade County, such as this town hall meeting, would be appreciated by the community at large.
"We know Charter amendments of any kind can seem overwhelming and complex; however, we also know how important it is for voters and residents to understand them. This is why we are holding these town hall meetings throughout the County," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said. "I hope that residents get a clearer picture of what changes to the charter they are being asked to vote on; I also stress how very important it is that we all exercise our right to vote on May 24th."
"The best way this Commission can do its job is through a constant dialogue with the people," said Commissioner Jordan. "While the questions on the upcoming special election are set, this does not mean we cannot take the opinions of our constituents into consideration for future elections. As always, the Commission welcomes feedback from the community."
"I am pleased to see our constituents taking an active role in their government and learning more about how any changes in the Charter will affect them," said Commissioner Monestime. "This County has a responsibility to have easily-accessible information available to all of its residents so they can make informed decisions."
For more information on the May 24th election, visit www.miamidade.gov/elections or call 3-1-1.
Photo caption: (L-R) Assistant County Attorney Tom Logue, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, Commissioner Jean Monestime, and Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.
Photo caption: Commissioners and County staff listen to residents' questions about the proposed Charter amendments on the May 24th ballot.