(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Last week, Miami-Dade County Commissioners adopted two ordinances sponsored by Commissioner Javier D. Souto that require public meetings to be held on proposed amendments to the Miami-Dade Home Rule Charter, and six public hearings throughout Miami-Dade at any time the County's proposed budget or budget ordinances provide for increases in taxes or fees.
The first ordinance requires the County to hold six public hearings when there is any resolution calling an election on a proposed Home Rule Charter amendment. Such public meetings would be held prior to committee review or adoption of the resolution. "Our Home Rule Charter is the Miami-Dade County's Constitution and as such the voters should understand the intent and any potential repercussions of any proposed amendment to our Charter," said Commissioner Souto.
Public meetings would be held at several locations throughout the County at conveniently-scheduled times for a majority of Miami-Dade County residents, allowing for maximum participation of geographic and ethnic communities within the County. Additionally, the meetings will be appropriately advertised in community-based periodicals and newspapers of general circulation.
The second ordinance codifies in the Code of Miami-Dade County a 1994 resolution by Commissioner Souto (R-1018-94), mandating that six public meetings be held regarding any new County taxes and fees or any increase in existing taxes and fees. Whenever possible, the notice of the meetings will be mailed out to the taxpayers along with the notice of proposed property taxes for the year or with the Water & Sewer Department quarterly statement.
"By writing these meetings into the County Code permanently, it will assure taxpayers that future mayors and administrations will continue to comply with this law," said Commissioner Souto.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Souto's office at 305-222-2116.