Dade Data

Donors to Miami-Dade County favor pets over parks

When the county property-tax bill arrives, would you pay more to help your local government?

About 1,500 people in Miami-Dade County did. A donations program the county launched last fall has brought in nearly $35,000 from 1,478 donors. The county’s animal-services agency received the most, accounting for about 33 cents of every dollar given. Of the six agencies identified in a county breakdown, the humblest take went to the parks department: two donations accounted for $75 as of Wednesday.

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There’s a key caveat here. The original solicitation, and a companion website, only listed four departments as suggested donation recipients: Fire Rescue, Library, Police and Animal Services. Taxpayers could also write-in where they’d like their money to go.

Donation solicitations went out with the October tax bills, and the county has been accepting money at The headline on the page: “Do it because you want to.” (As opposed to paying Miami-Dade because you have to.)

This post is part of Dade Data, an online series from the Miami Herald’s County Hall team. Dade Data will explore the numbers driving Miami-Dade County’s government and the challenges it faces.

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