How will these changes impact our employees?
On January 7th, 2025, most employees in the Police, Elections, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser and Finance departments will become employees of the constitutional offices. If you are an employee in one of these departments or offices, you may have questions about how this change will affect you.
During the second half of 2023 and throughout 2024, we will be meeting with employees to listen, answer questions, and communicate the actions being taken by the County to make this transition as seamless as possible.
How will these changes impact our residents?
Miami-Dade County is working hard to prepare for this transition and will assist the new constitutional officers so that they are ready to serve the community with minimal disruptions to services on Day One.
For residents, we expect that most services such as policing, tax collection, elections, property appraisals, and financial services will remain the same on January 7th, 2025, although they may look different under new leadership.
Other services are anticipated to have a significant fiscal impact on our taxpayers, such as the newly elected Tax Collector assuming the responsibilities of the state’s driver license services currently provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This transition will be phased in over time beginning in 2025.
Learn about Amendment 10
What changes were triggered by Amendment 10?
Under Amendment 10, several counties with home rule charters, such as Miami-Dade County, must create new or reestablish previously abolished constitutional offices. Most counties in the State have already complied with Amendment 10. Still, Miami-Dade County must complete the transition by January 7, 2025, with elections for the new constitutional officers in November 2024.
Only the Clerk of Courts can be considered a constitutional office in Miami-Dade. But, under the Miami-Dade County Charter, the Finance Department is headed by a finance director co-appointed by the Mayor and the Clerk of Courts. Currently, the responsibility to serve as the custodian of County funds is currently performed by the County’s Finance Department. Because of Amendment 10 and new State legislation, this will no longer be permissible. Consequently, most of the Finance Department will be transferred to the Clerk of Courts.
Miami-Dade County currently has an elected property appraiser, but this office is not entirely independent of the County. The other three offices, Miami-Dade Police, Elections, and Tax Collector, are currently departments of the County. The bottom line is that the structure of County government is changing with the five new entities.