Jackson Health System

Miami-Dade commission creates board to watch over public funds to upgrade Jackson hospital



The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday created a new board to monitor $830 million in public money for the Jackson Health System — six months after voters agreed to raise their property taxes to fund the hospital upgrades.

Commissioners voted 11-1 to create the nine-member, volunteer citizens’ advisory committee. Juan C. Zapata voted against, saying he disagreed with having committee members nominated by a council made up mostly of people appointed by the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson.

That hasn’t been a problem in the past when the nominating council has chosen trust members, said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who sponsored Tuesday’s measure.

The watchdog committee will be charged with reviewing the spending of the public funds and periodically reporting to the commission, though only in an advisory capacity.

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