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Miami-Dade abuzz with talk of recall efforts to mayor, commissioners who back tax hike

Business leader Norman Braman is threatening to support a recall effort of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and any county commissioner who goes through with plans to increase the property tax rate on Thursday night.

County leaders are slated to vote on a $7.3 billion budget that includes a 14 percent increase in the property tax rate. The move has spawned opposition, in part because the proposal would trim just one percent of the operating budget and county employees are slated for pay raises this year. Some 60 percent of homeowners with homestead properties would be asked to pay more in taxes under the plan.

"There is a credible group of people that are very seriously considering a recall if this commission votes to increase the property taxes in the community,'' said Braman, a multi-millionaire auto dealer who has tangled with city and county government leaders before.

"If that occurs, I will give very, very serious consideration to supporting it. Supporting it financially and supporting it in every single way that I can.''

Braman, interviewed early Tuesday afternoon, said a recall campaign would be considered if county leaders pursued a property tax rate hike "of any kind.'' Read the developing story from The Herald's Matthew Haggman and Martha Brannigan here.