Like two-thirds of Miami-Dade voters last November, I voted for the Pets Trust. I did so because it so offended my sensibilities that at least 13,000 dogs and cats are put to death each year in our community. That’s an abomination and an insult to basic decency.
For $20 million we could focus on saving those animals, with a great deal of emphasis on spaying and neutering. That’s how much the mayor proposed to spend. All of a sudden, he’s recommending perhaps $4 million.
Like most people, I prefer my taxes not to go up. But the good people of this community voted twice to establish The Children’s Trust. It is, make no mistake about it, a tax (albeit quite small). If we think voters can think for themselves — and I clearly do — then they told the mayor and the rest of us last November that they wanted the Pets Trust. They were serious about it. The elected leaders of this community ought to listen to them.
David Lawrence Jr., Coral Gables