Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121556
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File Number: 121556 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-647-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: SPECIAL ELECTION TO FUND ANIMAL SERVICES Introduced: 8/1/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/17/2012
Agenda Date: 7/17/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A6
Notes: THIS IS FINAL VERSION AS ADOPTED; ALSO SEE 121305 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 [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 121305]
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

County Attorney 8/1/2012 Assigned Dennis A. Kerbel

Board of County Commissioners 7/17/2012 11A6 AMENDED Adopted as amended P
REPORT: During consideration of today’s (7/17) agenda, Commissioner Jordan stated that while she voted in favor of the foregoing proposed resolution in the Public Safety & Healthcare Administration Committee meeting, she informed members she would probably not continue with that support. She stated, for the record, that she would like to include Jackson Health Services or Children’s Services on any County tax-related straw ballots. Pursuant to Chairman Martinez’ suggestion that she present her item for consideration at the August 23, 2012 Special BCC meeting, Commissioner Jordan stated that she would be unable to attend the Special meeting; however, she would prepare and submit the proper documentation for placement on that agenda. Mr. Alex Munoz, Director, Animal Services, advised that language on handwritten page 4 needed to be amended to state “historically 20,000” as opposed to “currently 15,000.” County Attorney Cuevas read, into the record, the following language from the proposed ballot question: “…Would you be in favor of the County Commission increasing the countywide General Fund millage by 0.1079 mills, and applying 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)…” Hearing no further questions or comments, the Board adopted the foregoing resolution as amended on handwritten page 4, to change the parenthetical language in the first bullet to “…historically approximately 20,000 annually…”

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 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

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 (historically approximately 20,000 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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