News Release Header
For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2018
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers

305-245-4420

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss sponsors resolution opposing additional restrictions on the use of Charter County Transportation System Surtax proceeds


MIAMI – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners recently adopted a resolution urging State lawmakers to oppose legislation that would restrict the use of Charter County Transportation System Surtax proceeds to be used only for certain fixed guideway rapid transit and bus system expenses. This resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, was drafted opposing Senate Bill 688 and House Bill 243, which generally prohibit the use of Charter County Transportation System Surtax proceeds for non-transit purposes.

“Improving transit in Miami-Dade County is of the utmost importance,” said Commissioner Moss. “As we work collectively towards that goal, maintaining and improving our roads and bridges remains an important County service as those roads and bridges will be used by not only private vehicles, but also our Metrobuses and the vehicles that keep our local economy healthy and vibrant.”

SB 688 and HB 243 would restrict Miami-Dade County’s ability to use surtax proceeds for the maintenance and operation of its Metrorail, Metromover, or Metrobus systems for capital improvements that were previously funded by surtax proceeds in addition to restrictions on the use of surtax proceeds for road and bridge projects causing significant financial impacts on Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works.