Re the Feb. 8 article Grand jury slams county’s use of anti-blight tax districts: Community Redevelopment Agencies were designed to fight blight and poverty, yet time and time again local politicians use these funds for questionable purposes. I want to live in a community that has first-class museums, concert halls and private high-end developments such as the Miami Worldcenter, but not at the expense of full funding for programs for the poor.
Our affordable-housing shortage has been described as a crisis for several years and yet little CRA funding has been allocated to this critical need. Given that Miami-Dade County has a massive shortfall in this area — estimates as high as 100,000 units are needed — why not use the funds to build affordable housing? Just as the state Legislature has for seven years siphoned over $1 billion from the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund, local politicians have been doing much the same with CRA funds.
Doug Mayer, Miami