Statement by Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell
Miami, FL – “As a lifelong owner and lover of animals and a strong advocate for animal welfare initiatives, I am disappointed that an organization has decided to target me for recall.
Our local economy continues to struggle with double digit unemployment while the cost of living continues to rise; meanwhile the rate of pay for workers remains stagnant. Over the course of several months, I have heard from many of my constituents, as well as from residents throughout the county, pleading with me to not raise their taxes. Given the current state of the economy, I stand by my vote to not raise taxes on the residents of Miami-Dade County.
Recall elections costs Miami-Dade County taxpayers several million dollars which could be put to better use. It is ironic to note that not too long ago, a former mayor and a county commissioner were recalled for raising taxes, and now, I am being targeted for not raising taxes.
Regrettably, this ill-conceived plot will only serve as a distraction for others to galvanize and try to remove an elected public official who has diligently worked towards the betterment of the community and has always put the people first. In the meantime, I will continue to serve the residents of my Commission district with the same level of excellence that they have come to expect and so richly deserve.”