In case you haven’t seen the budget from the Northeast Municipal Advisory Committee for a possible new city in Northeast Miami-Dade, a few items and costs include: council/manager, $350,000; city attorney, $250,000; city clerk, $200,000; code enforcement, $160,000; city vehicles (including police cars), $250,000.
Police cars cost $27,000 each and last about four years. They don’t have enough money budgeted for cars for the supposed 28 police officers, nor the other city employees who need cars, such as code and building inspectors. There is no line item set aside for vehicle maintenance or gasoline.
Many other high costs also are not included, such as those of the mayor, council members, litigation costs and employee pensions.
The police department budget item is $4,390,000 for “minimum staffing.” The recommended “enhanced staffing” is $5,824,501.
Therefore our property taxes will increase to make up for the many shortfalls, until the tax rate is equal to or greater than surrounding cities. The rate for the unincorporated areas is now $1.93 per $1,000 in taxable home value. Wave goodbye to that rate if this new city happens.
This budget presented by the MAC is totally unrealistic. The new layer of government needs to be fed, and the only food it eats is our money.
R. Brian Rook, Sky Lake