Miami Gardens / Opa-locka


Opa-locka hosts budget meeting due to mixed-up math

Opa-locka held a special meeting Tuesday to approve their budget for the fiscal year that started almost two months ago.

The meeting was required by the Florida Department of Revenue after the city made errors in their budget calculations and in their public advertising.

The city’s budget office made a calculation error in a formula, in an Excel spreadsheet submitted to the department, it resulted in a cell showing a proposed property tax levy of about $6.5 million when the actual total was closer to $6.3 million.

That mistake made its way into the notice of proposed tax increase advertisement for the second budget hearing, on Sept. 25, and the department required them to hold the additional meeting.

“Those numbers have to be 100 percent accurate,” said City Manager Kelvin Baker .

Renee Watters, a spokesman for the department, said that Opa-locka is not unique when it comes to these errors.

“This year, five other municipalities in Dade County were required to re-advertise and re-hold their final TRIM hearings,” Watters said in an email.

The five other municipalities were: Miami Springs, El Portal, North Bay Village, Biscayne Park and Hialeah. Biscayne Park held its special meeting a day after Opa-locka.

Opa-locka commissioners approved the ordinances unanimously, as they did nearly two months ago.

The next regular commission meeting will take place Dec. 11.

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