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District 06 Newsletter
 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa
Dear Friends,
 
I want to share with you the latest news and information about the services available in Miami-Dade County Government. The purpose of this newsletter is to help you navigate the County Web Site and its various departments. I hope the District 6 Newsletter will provide you with the basic information you need to keep up with and take advantage of your County government. I invite you to visit the District 6 County website for updated news, join our mailing list, or write to me at District6@miamidade.gov.

With warmest regards,
Rebeca Sosa
County Commissioner, District 6

June 2010 Newsletter
In the News....

Everyone is invited to attend the District 6 County Services Fair on Monday, June 28th, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Renaissance Banquet Hall, 5910 S.W. 8th Street.  The event will allow residents to reach and learn from an array of County departments.  Foreclosure Prevention Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for eligible residents with electric and gas bills - Homeownership - Bond Financing - Second Mortgage Loans - Small Business Loans - Job Training - Elderly Services - Head Start /Early Head Start - Voter Registration - Absentee Ballot Request - Transit Department Easy Pass are amongst the services that will be available at the Fair.

Property Owners Take Advantage of Tax Relief Feature taking effect July 1st, 2010
New Florida State law to provide relief to some property owners facing back-taxes for new buildings, building additions or building improvements that previously escaped taxation goes into effect on July 1st.  Under this new provision, property owners will not be back-taxed under two conditions. For more information contact the Miami-Dade County Property Appraisers Office 305-375-4004 or visit their website.
 
Commissioner Sosa presided over the first Miami-Dade County Performance and Efficiency Committee held on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010. The Committee is tasked with identifying inefficiencies in how County departments run and to improve any processes for better service for residents.

Laws Passed and Presented by Commissioner Sosa
  • Commissioner Sosa once against stands firm in favor of fiscal responsibility and accountability in government as she stated when voting against placing a pay increase for members of the Miami-Dade County Commission in the August 2010 ballot. The Commissioner believes this is not the appropriate time to have voters consider a pay raise for County Commissioners and believes the focus of government should be on strengthening our economy, identifying inefficiencies and reducing the deficit.
     
  • On Tuesday, April 20th, Commissioner Sosa presented a resolution opposing State of Florida legislation (SB 876 and HB 447) that would increase residential property insurance premiums, reduce hurricane mitigation credits, and possibly increase customers' out-of-pocket expenses associated with home damage.
     
  • In an effort to save tax dollars, Commissioner Sosa has proposed legislation that would cut the salaries of County retirees who seek re-employment with Miami-Dade County. The County Commission passed the Commissioner Sosa's resolution on April 6, 2010, requiring that these retirees seeking re-employment be subjected to the County's regular hiring process and, if hired, start at the applicable entry level salary.
     
  • Commissioner Rebeca Sosa is putting safety first by proposing new policies for Miami-Dade County parks aimed at reducing serious injuries in youth sports. The commissioner has authored a resolution requiring coaches of youth sports teams to immediately remove athletes from a game or practice if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion. In addition, any child suspected of having a concussion cannot play on the team until cleared by a health care provider.
2010 Hurricane Guide
The information in this guide is designed to help ensure that you, your family, pets and property are ready for any storm. Download your copy today. (2.2 MB) PDF 
Flood and Drainage Complaints Adobe Acrobat Logo
Please contact the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) at 305-372-6688 from 8-5 p.m.  Monday - Friday or submit this form PDF. For more information, visit our website.
Mosquito Control
Any Miami-Dade County resident experiencing mosquito nuisance should call 3-1-1 from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm weekdays and from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm weekends. Residents with internet access may also enter their request by clicking on the service center link online at www.miamidade.gov.
Affordable Telephone Service Available through Link-Up and Lifeline Assistance Programs
Low-income customers in our state may now apply for telephone service at reduced prices. You may be eligible for a 50% rebate in telephone service installation (worth up to $30.00) and a $13.50 credit per month on local phone bills. Over a year's time, that is a savings of $162.00.  Click here for more information.
Need Help in Paying Utility Bills?
Community Action Agency (LIHEAP Program) is accepting applications for assistance with electricity and gas bills.  For information, please contact 786-469-4640 or visit the website. View the application in English PDF or EspañolPDF
Immigration Assistance
Community Action Agency provides assistance to individuals seeking citizenship in the United States by providing immigration-related services that range from clerical assistance to document translation. Additional information regarding this program and the qualifications for participation is available by contacting the CAA Action Community Enrichment Center at 305-547-4892.
Summer Camps at Parks
Miami-Dade Parks will offer Summer Camps at parks all across the County for every child's interest and needs, starting June 14-August 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with early drop-off available at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 6:00 p.m.. Check out our Summer Guide for additional summer camp information.
After-School Programs for Children Ages 6-14
Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of affordable after-school programs for kids ages 6-14 at select parks Monday-Friday, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. through June 11, 2010.  For information, please call 305-755-7800
Foster Grandparent Program
Miami-Dade's Foster Grandparent Program is provided through the Department of Human Services and provides part-time volunteer opportunities for low-income persons ages 60 and older to render supportive services to at-risk and special needs children. Participants receive an hourly stipend, transportation allowance, daily hot meals, annual physicals, casework services and information referrals. For additional information contact 305-514-6000 or visit the website
Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP)
The Miami-Dade Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP) assists low to moderate income homeowners over the age of 62 by providing home repair and rehabilitation to residential properties, which may have been damaged by weather or natural aging. The goal of completing the repairs is to maintain livable environments for occupants, therefore decreasing the need for institutionalization. Individuals may qualify for up to $40,000 in repairs to their home. Call 786-469-4600 or read the SHARP brochure in English PDF  or En EspañolPDF
Adult Day Care
If you or someone you know needs assistance with an elderly relative or young adult that is functionally impaired, Adult Day Care may be able to help.  For information on a center near you, please call Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services at, 305-514-6000.
Leadership Award presentation
Dr. Dr. M. Narendra Kini, President & CEO of Miami ChildrenDr. M. Narendra Kini, President & CEO of Miami Children's Hospital presented Commissioner Sosa with the hospital's Leadership Award during their annual 2010 Goals Kick-Off Luncheon on February 4, 2010. 
West Miami Town Hall Meeting
Commissioner Sosa hosted a town hall meeting with the residents of West Miami.Commissioner Sosa hosted a town hall meeting with the residents of West Miami to discuss the tree implementation plan along SW 62nd Avenue between 8th and 16th Street. Joining Commissioner Sosa were County Staff members from the Public Works Department. The area will be enhanced with native trees and ornamental street lights.
Commissioner Sosa honored by the City of Miami Springs
Commissioner Sosa was honored by the City of Miami Springs during the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Miami Springs Recreation Center.Commissioner Sosa was honored by the City of Miami Springs during the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Miami Springs Recreation Center held on Thursday, April 8th.  Commissioner Sosa was instrumental in helping the City secure $3.52 million from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond and other County sources towards the $6.2 million cost of construction, which was also financed through other City, federal and State of Florida sources.   City Mayor Billy Bain, City Council members, City officials and hundreds of residents surprised the Commissioner with the unveiling of the Rebeca Sosa Theater located on the 2nd floor of the facility.
Contact Information

   District 6 Office                                      Downtown Office
1000 S.W. 57th Avenue                           111 N.W. 1st Street
Suite 201                                                  Suite 220
Miami, FL. 33144                                    Miami, FL. 33128
Office: 305-267-6377                              Office: 305-375-5696
Fax: 305-267-6366                                 Fax: 305-372-6090

Envelope District6@miamidade.gov

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