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Miami Beach approves small property tax decrease

Miami Beach residents can expect to pay slightly less in taxes in the next fiscal year, while some businesses may pay more in fees and for permits.

City commissioners on Monday gave final approval for the 2013-14 budget, which leans on resort taxes and union concessions to stay in the black.

The commission lowered property taxes even more. Under the approved budget, Miami Beach residents will pay $6.12 per $1,000 of taxable property. The typical Miami Beach resident with a home valued at $200,000, taking into account the standard homestead exemption and the cap in increased home values that is mandated by state law, would pay $938 in taxes to the city. That’s about $14 less than this year.

Businesses, meanwhile, face new fees for permitting grease traps. Owners of overcrowded nightclubs will be charged $4 per person over capacity, which is $1 more than before. Everyone will face a new false fire alarm fee.

The budget also includes new hire, such as funding for a Lincoln Road Mall manager who will work with dedicated code enforcement officers to keep the pedestrian promenade well maintained.

On the heels of the arrests of several city employees, Miami Beach’s budget also funds a compliance officer and an ethics hotline.

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