Letters to the Editor

Not involved with husband’s Hummers

Re the Sept. 10 story Miami-Dade power couple lowers (their own) taxes, raises eyebrows, about my husband’s company vehicles and taxes: I want to set the record straight. As a North Miami Beach councilwoman, I take seriously the responsibility of holding this seat and I now understand that public officials ought to consider how some residents might interpret their actions.

In 2002, on the advice of his company’s attorney, my husband, Woodrow, opened an LLC. The 2002 Hummer was bought in Miami-Dade County, and Florida state taxes were paid; the 2004 Hummer was bought out of state; the Chevy SSR has Florida license plates; the car under the canvas was left to our children by their late grandfather and has not been driven. All of my husband’s vehicles are insured in Miami-Dade County.

I have had no involvement in his companies. I am not now, and never have been, a part of his corporations. In 48 years of marriage, I never handled car insurance or license plates. For that matter, I never even picked out or bought a car. These matters were taken care of by my husband.

As an elected official, it is my responsibility to help make a better city for everyone both now and in the future. I am determined to continue to serve North Miami Beach to the best of my ability and with the same tenacity.

Phyllis Smith, councilwoman, North Miami Beach