Miami Beach commissioners to discuss city finances

09/04/2014 4:06 PM

09/04/2014 4:07 PM

The Miami Beach City Commission returns from recess for its September meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The commission will discuss a lower property tax rate and an increase in storm water fees.

The City Commission has lowered the tax rate twice now during budget season, reaching $6.02 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value during a finance committee meeting Aug. 29. It marks a 10-cent decrease of the rate that translates into about a $13 decrease on an average homeowner’s city tax bill.

The 84 percent hike in storm water fees passed a preliminary vote in July, when the commission approved it in a 6-1 vote, with Commissioner Michael Grieco opposing. The increase is meant to pay for infrastructure projects in anticipation of sea level rise. Grieco opposed a blanket fee saying he wanted to explore more options, like a progressive fee based on property values.

Commissioners also plan on getting an update on the planned renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center as well as discussing a possible convention center hotel, towing in the city and healthier snacks in vending machines at public facilities.

At 5:01 p.m.Wednesday, the city will hold its first public hearing on the proposed city budget. State law requires cities to hold such hearings after 5 p.m. to allow for more public participation.

The meetings are held on the third floor of City Hall, 1700 Covention Center Drive.

If you go

What: Miami Beach City Commission Meetings

When: Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. and 5:01 p.m. (first budget hearing)

Where: City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

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