Now that Miami-Dade County has signed off on a budget proposal that includes a tax-rate hike, will businessman Norman Braman and others move forward with a threatened recall effort against Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the eight commissioners who favored the increase?
Braman has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Monday morning. But he didn't sound like someone backing down at a Sunday morning interview on WPLG-ABC 10, criticizing the commission for raising salaries.
"I'm not saying that police and fire shouldn't receive a proper salary, but it could have been postponed," Braman said, calling the budget's 1 percent cut to operations "ludicrous." Braman was coy about his decision, saying he and a group of other like-minded people are "considering all of our options."
County Commissioner Katy Sorenson -- who voted for the budge proposal and tax-rate hike and was also on the show, This Week in South Florida -- said the spending plan was a balance of trying to keep social services while raising taxes on less than half of the county's property owners.
In a recession, she said, the county needs to look out for those who are worst off: "Those are the people who really need [help], and they're not property owners."