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File Number: 070706
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File Number: 070706 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawal Requested
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Transit Committee
File Name: FARE FREE TRANSIT SERVICES FOR ELECTION DAY Introduced: 3/5/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 5/16/2007
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: NOTE TO CAO: ITEM IN COMMER'S FILE Title: RESOLUTION MODIFYING TRANSIT FARE RATES BY ALLOWING FOR FARE FREE TRANSIT SERVICES FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING ON ELECTION DAY FOR ALL COUNTY-WIDE ELECTIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008
Indexes: ELECTIONS
  TRANSIT
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Transit Committee 5/16/2007 3A Withdrawn P

County Manager 5/15/2007 Withdrawals Transit Committee 5/16/2007

County Attorney 4/13/2007 Assigned Transit Committee 5/16/2007

Transit Committee 4/11/2007 3A Deferred to next committee meeting 5/16/2007 P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. The public hearing was opened; it was closed after no one appeared in response to Chairperson Rolle’s call for people whishing to be heard. Commissioner Heyman noted that she put this Item forward because last year the Committee entertained allowing a wavier fee in an area facing $8 million in budget deficits. Commissioner Heyman noted that Miami-Dade Transit provided free transportation for registered Venezuelan voters for the 2006 Venezuelan elections, which cost the County at least $250,000, and would cost at least $500,000 per year if the this service was carried for all County residents. Commissioner Heyman noted that she would defer this Item and would come back with a substitute at the next Committee meeting. She stated that the process of granting waivers needed to be changed to indicate a person coming before the Committee was financially responsible before a decision was made. Commissioner Heyman clarified that before the Committee could do a fare free transit waiver, they would have to understand the economic impact to the Transit Department. Assistant County Attorney Sanchez noted that the Transit Director had the authority to implement experimental or temporary fares. He noted that under that discretion the previous Director allowed free fare transportation for that particular election. He stated that he believed Commissioner Heyman would address whether to limit, codify, or curtail that discretion. Commissioner Heyman noted that her intent was to codify that discretion and indicate that if cost increased then it needs to go before the Committee.. She stated that this body never had an understanding or voter say on a cost that would add to the deficit. Commissioner Heyman expressed concern regarding the $8 million deficit they were trying to decrease. Chairperson Rolle directed that promotional or experimental fares cease until Commissioner Heyman’s proposal was considered. There being no objection, the Committee unanimously agreed to defer the foregoing proposed resolution to the next Committee meeting.

Transit Committee 3/14/2007 3A Deferred to next committee meeting P
REPORT: During consideration of changes to today's agenda, the foregoing proposed resolution was deferred to the next Committee meeting scheduled for April 11, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.

County Attorney 3/5/2007 Assigned Transit Committee 3/14/2007

County Attorney 3/5/2007 Assigned Bruce Libhaber 3/5/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION MODIFYING TRANSIT FARE RATES BY ALLOWING FOR FARE FREE TRANSIT SERVICES FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING ON ELECTION DAY FOR ALL COUNTY-WIDE ELECTIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2008

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-150 allows for the modification of transit fares by resolution; and
WHEREAS, providing free transit services on election days may make voting precincts more accessible; and
WHEREAS, more accessible voting precincts are likely to result in increased voter turnout; and
WHEREAS, during the 2006 Venezuelan elections, Miami-Dade Transit provided free transportation for those individuals showing valid Venezuelan voterís registration cards,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby modifies the transit fare rates by allowing upon presentation of a valid voterís registration card for fare free transit services for those individuals traveling on Election Day for all county-wide elections through December 31, 2008.



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