(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- At the September 23rd budget public hearing, Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro made a motion to amend the proposed budget to establish the "Save Our Seniors Homeowners' Relief Fund." Within 120 days, residents ages 65 and older who have applied for and received Florida's Homestead Exemption for Seniors as of September 23, 2010 will receive a check in the mail for $100 per household. The funds may be used to offset the cost of County services. The item was passed unanimously by the County Commission.
At the meeting, Commissioner Barreiro cited his reasons for supporting the item, including the rising cost of health care and property insurance, no cost-of-living increase to Social Security benefits for the first time in over two decades, and the fact that many seniors do not have the ability to generate more income to offset rising expenses.
"Many senior citizens who have saved their entire lives saw their savings drop substantially when the stock market declined," said Commissioner Barreiro. "Some who never thought they would have to work again have been forced to find jobs in this difficult economy. This grant will provide some relief for many seniors, especially those with limited income."
"Save Our Seniors" will be funded from general fund revenue, excluding any revenues derived from proprietary fund revenues. For more information, please contact Commissioner Barreiro's office at 305-643-8525.