Last November, voters in Miami-Dade County overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment transferring the control of Special Taxing Districts from Downtown Miami to local municipalities, following a string of scandals that revealed how poor taxing districts had been used to subsidize wealthier neighborhoods.
And yet, the transition process has taken a long time to be enacted.
This is why the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County was saddened to see yet a new special tax proposed on the residents of a peaceful Miami Beach neighborhood by the County Commission.
In May, residents of the Biscayne Beach Special Guard Special Taxing District (mapped below) will be asked to vote on a proposal to drastically increase their property taxes on a permanent basis to install security cameras at the entrance of the neighborhood.
Sadly, the referendum will be done via mail. No formal notification will be given to the residents, no particular explanation will be given to the voters on why a referendum is now asking them to increase taxes, and neither the City of Miami Beach nor the County Commission is planning on advertising the referendum.
In other words, the government is trying to sneak a new tax to residents of Biscayne Beach without letting them know. And as usual, voter turnout in this referendum is not expected to be more than 10%.
If the referendum passes, residents will be charged a new $410 tax just the first year, to pay for the security cameras. Yet, the residents will have absolutely no power on picking the security camera company, or even the type of camera that will be installed.
Thankfully, the Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County is fighting back. We're creating literature to educate local voters as we speak and we're getting our volunteers ready to campaign against the special taxing district. If voter turnout is pushed as high as possible, the taxing district will be defeated.
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