Miami Gardens residents can expect to pay a little more in municipal taxes if city leaders maintain the recently approved tentative tax rate.
The city council on Wednesday voted in favor of $6.93 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That is up from the current tax rate of $6.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The proposed tax rate can be lowered or maintained during the budget process, but it is very difficult and unlikely to be raised.
Under the proposed tax rate, the owner of a median home valued at $85,000 taking the standard homestead exemption of $50,000 would pay $243, about $20 more than the current tax rate, assuming that the property value remained unchanged.
Those numbers only reflect city taxes; the county, school district and other agencies charge their own fees.
The proposed increase would help fund the addition of 10 officers to the city’s police force.
“We’ve had tremendous success in the police department, but we’re significantly understaffed in the department,” City Manager Danny Crew said at Wednesday’s council meeting.
The city will hold budget hearings at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Sept. 25 inside the council chambers, 1515 NW 167th St., Building 5.