Frank Carollo’s fulltime job as a CPA has come in handy in his post as city of Miami commissioner for District 3. A fiscal conservative, he digs into budget numbers, asks the right questions, presses for results.
Among his top priorities: ensuring the city’s budget meets ever-escalating demands, including the most recent public concerns about contamination in public parks from old incinerators long shut down; future labor negotiations with public employee unions; the operation of the police department without the need for federal intervention; and continuing to increase the city’s reserves to at least $93 million.
Vying to represent District 3, which covers Little Havana and the Roads neighborhoods and includes the Marlins Stadium, is Alex Dominguez, a Realtor who ran in 2012 for state representative. Mr. Dominguez says the city needs to raise taxes to improve public safety.
Mr. Carollo’s experience and independence give him the edge. He worked with residents near the stadium to press the city for parking during game days. He has fought a proliferation of signs and billboards and wants to bring a playground to the Shenandoah area.
Four years ago, the city was facing a mammoth financial hole, he points out, but commissioners made the tough decisions, after the mayor and administrators called for a “fiscal emergency” and a re-do of union contracts. He continues to press for filling vacant high-level positions in the city’s finance department with qualified individuals, not friends of local pols, to ensure the city doesn’t use the financial shortcuts that have gotten it in trouble in the past with federal regulators.
For Miami City Commission, District 3, the Miami Herald recommends FRANK CAROLLO.