Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Angelo Castillo and Miramar City Commissioner Barbara Sharief portrayed Sharief's votes on taxes differently today in this blog.
Castillo said Sharief voted twice for budgets that would increase tax collections.
"My budget didn't increase ad valorum taxes," she said. "Ninety percent of the people in the city experienced a decrease in taxes on the budget I did vote for."
We asked Miramar budget director David Goldman for the numbers on the current fiscal year's budget. He said the total ad valorem taxes budgeted for Fiscal Year 2010 was $49,557,700 compared to $48,750,000 -- so about a $798,000 increase. Goldman told us in an email "51% of City taxpayers experienced a decrease in their taxes as a result of the Fiscal Year 2010 budget."
Next year's budget won't be finalized until September but the Commission voted July 7 for a proposed tax rate that is projected to generate $42.5 million in taxes, or $7,057,000 less than the current fiscal year.