Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121305
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File Number: 121305 File Type: Resolution Status: Amended
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CALL SPECIAL ELECTION TO FUND ANIMAL SERVICES PROGRAMS Introduced: 6/25/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 7/17/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A6
Notes: SEE 121556 FOR FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED Title: RESOLUTION PLACING A NON-BINDING STRAW BALLOT QUESTION ON THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY WHETHER THEY SUPPORT THE COUNTY COMMISSION INCREASING THE COUNTYWIDE GENERAL FUND MILLAGE BY 0.1079 MILLS TO FUND IMPROVED ANIMAL SERVICES PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY
Indexes: SPECIAL ELECTION
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-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

Board of County Commissioners 7/17/2012 11A6 Amended
REPORT: (SEE AGENDA ITEM 11A6 AMENDED; LEGISLATIVE FILE NO. 121556.)

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 7/10/2012 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Valda Clark Christian read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Diaz indicated that the foregoing item was not a public hearing item; however, said he would allow individuals to speak on the matter. The following persons appeared in support of placing a non-binding straw ballot question on the November 6, 2012 General Elections asking the electors whether they would support increasing the Countywide General Fund Millage to fund improved animal services programs: 1. Mr. Rita Schwartz, 7100 SW 133 Street, Miami; 2. Ms. Lindsay Horton, 2470 SW 24th Ave., Miami, representing Pet’s Trust; 3. Mr. Michael Rosenberg, 13030 N. Calusa Club Drive, Miami. Commissioner Heyman stressed her commitment to the wellbeing of animals. She pointed out that the Commission had taken measures since 2003 to ensure that animals were protected: the inception of an animal services budget in 2003; a new fleet of vehicles to collect injured, abandoned or neglected animals; and a facility that partnered with Networks for Animals, Humane Societies as well as Veterinary Groups to address the problem. She clarified that the Commission had not voted for the creation of a “no kill” County; rather it had voted for a report due back in 180 days assessing the financial feasibility of creating a “no kill” County. Commissioner Heyman noted the foregoing proposed resolution, if adopted, would allow for a straw ballot question to be placed on the November 2012 General Election and urged all parties supportive of this measure to lobby the community to vote in favor of this item. Commissioner Bell commended the volunteers who lobbied the commissioners and asked to be added as a co-sponsor to this item. She noted County residents were requesting the creation of a “no kill” County and this straw ballot would determine whether they were prepared to pay for this. Chairman Diaz commended Commissioner Heyman on her efforts and Mr. Alex Munoz, Director, Animal Services Department, for his leadership in the department. He noted he concurred with Commissioner Heyman that many initiatives had been undertaken to address this problem; however, he stressed the need to find a permanent solution to this issue. He noted the County Administration was working on “no kill” legislation, but it was necessary to assess its financial feasibility before moving forward. Chairman Diaz said he was totally committed to ensuring that Miami-Dade County became a “no kill’ County. Commissioner Jordan noted she would support this proposed resolution in Committee, but had mixed feelings about it. She stressed the importance of considering the millage rate in view of all programs and services; and for the County to address the needs of Jackson Hospital, seniors, and children, in addition to the animals. She suggested consideration be given to housing animals in a single refuge as opposed to multiple buildings, if the County was going to adopt a “no kill” policy. Chairman Diaz asked staff to prepare the appropriate memorandum requesting that the Board of County Commissioners’ Chairman Joe A. Martinez waive the Board’s rules and allow this proposed resolution to be forwarded for consideration at the next County Commission meeting.

County Attorney 6/27/2012 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 7/11/2012

County Attorney 6/25/2012 Assigned Dennis A. Kerbel 6/25/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION PLACING A NON-BINDING STRAW BALLOT QUESTION ON THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMIDADE COUNTY WHETHER THEY SUPPORT THE COUNTY COMMISSION INCREASING THE COUNTYWIDE GENERAL FUND MILLAGE BY 0.1079 MILLS TO FUND IMPROVED ANIMAL SERVICES PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY

BODY
WHEREAS, this board desires to decrease dog and cat overpopulation, decrease public shelter euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats, and fund veterinary care and responsible pet ownership educational programs for the benefit of the community; and
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to determine whether the residents of Miami-Dade County support an increase in the ad valorem tax levy of 0.1079 mills for the purposes delineated above,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. A non-binding straw ballot question shall be placed on the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 general election for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County the non-binding straw ballot question as set forth below.
Section 2. Notice of such election shall be published in accordance with Section 100.342, Florida Statutes.
Section 3. The result of such election shall be determined by a majority of the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County voting upon the proposal. The polls at such election shall be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the day of such election. All qualified electors of Miami-Dade County, Florida shall be entitled to vote at said election. The County registration books shall remain open at the Office of the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections until twenty-nine (29) days prior to the date of such election, at which time the registration books will close in accordance with the provisions of general election laws. The question shall appear on the ballot in substantially the following form:
NON-BINDING STRAW BALLOT ON FUNDING IMPROVED ANIMAL SERVICES PROGRAMS

Would you be in favor of the County Commission increasing the countywide general fund millage by 0.1079 mills and applying the additional ad valorem tax revenues generated thereby to fund improved animal services, including:
* decreasing the killing of adoptable dogs and cats (currently approximately 15,000 annually);
* reducing stray cat populations (currently approximately 400,000 cats); and
* funding free and low-cost spay/neuter programs, low-cost veterinary care programs, and responsible pet ownership educational programs?

YES

NO

Section 4. The form of the ballot shall be in accordance with the requirements of general election laws.
Section 5. Early voting shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of general election laws.
Section 6. Absentee paper ballots may be used by qualified electors of Miami-Dade County for voting on this question. The form of such absentee ballot shall be in accordance with the requirements prescribed by general election laws.
Section 7. A sample ballot showing the manner in which the question or proposal aforesaid will appear at this election shall be published and provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of general election laws.
Section 8. This election on the proposal aforesaid shall be held and conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the general laws relating to elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter. The County Mayor or his or her designee, the Finance Director, and the Clerk of the County Commission are hereby authorized and directed to take all appropriate actions necessary to carry into effect and accomplish the provisions of this resolution. This election shall be a nonpartisan election. Election officials in connection with this election shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of general election laws.
Section 9. This election shall be canvassed by the County Canvassing Board, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.07 of the Home Rule Charter.



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