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Mayor: prop tax amendment won't cause crisis; won't help housing market much either

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez said Wednesday that the $100 million hit to the county by the property tax amendment approved by voters will not cause a county budget crisis -- but neither will it solve the housing crisis.

"At some point in time, it will impact the level of service we can provide," Alvarez said during an impromptu news conference at Florida Memorial University. "We're going to have to do a better job with the money that we have."

He would not speculate how the cuts would be distributed across the county's massive bureaucracy, which has a $7.3 billion budget, except to say that he hoped to avoid cuts in public safety. He said it was "premature'' to discuss seeking concessions when the county's labor unions -- which represent 90 percent of the government's 30,000 workers -- begin negotiating new long-term deals later this year.

As with last year's cuts, which totaled $225 million, Alvarez struck a moderate tone. He said the amendment's overwhelming victory in Miami-Dade -- more than 71 percent -- sent a strong message, but it also will not address the county's housing woes.

The solution, he said, would be to address runaway tax bills on commercial and rental property. "The inequities that existed yesterday exist today," he said.

-- MATTHEW PINZUR

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Janine

He is absolutely correct - this amendment will not ignite the housing market....and the blue haired old ladies who voted for this useless amendment will be befuddled as to why they still cannot sell their homes!!!...Because too many stupid people like them voted for this garbage....NOW what are you morons going to do....
This was not enough and you sold yourselves short like a cheap slut on a cheap first date....

Janine

He is absolutely correct - this amendment will not ignite the housing market....and the blue haired old ladies who voted for this useless amendment will be befuddled as to why they still cannot sell their homes!!!...Because too many stupid people like them voted for this garbage....NOW what are you morons going to do....
This was not enough and you sold yourselves short like a cheap slut on a cheap first date....

Frank Kruszewski - Miami Beach

I also agree with the Mayor; this amendment will do almost nothing to kick start the depressed housing market. The fundamentals of the market are still all wrong, namely prices are out of line with income and so people still can afford to buy in this inflated market.
The property tax issue has been and continues to be a nothing but a political platform for the Rubio's of the world to get free press and offer no meaningful reform.

The state tax system is in need a major overhaul, a state as large as Florida can no longer rely on sales tax for bulk of its revenue; counties, cities and school board are the recipients of properly taxes not the state.

If people are not happy with property taxes then vote new county, city and school board members in who will cut your property taxes.....but also all the services we all depend on. No free lunch. The state needs a comprehensive tax overhaul and more than likely an income tax; which is as likely as a white Christmas in Miami Beach.

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