Thankfully, the Miami-Dade School Board and the County Commission realize that raising property taxes cannot be the knee-jerk response to meet budget needs. Neither can it be acceptable that when cuts are needed, the first cuts are to services such as fire-rescue and libraries.
Here’s an idea: Spending dollars efficiently to improve community- and economic-development initiatives in the urban core will benefit the entire county with an increased tax base, decreased demand for social services and better prepared students and workers.
Unfortunately, residents of north central Miami-Dade seldom get to weigh in on these policies since access to county officials is not easy to achieve.
Doretha Graham Nichson, Miami