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Miami-Dade commissioner proposes salary hike; political group seeks term limits

New incarnations emerged Wednesday of a pair of long-standing proposals to impose term limits on Miami-Dade commissioners and give them a pay hike.

A Miami-Dade commissioner put forth a county charter amendment that would raise commissioners’ salaries to $75,000 a year from $6,000.

Separately, the head of a group planning a petition-gathering effort to set two, four-year commission terms said she plans to make those limits partially retroactive.

Commissioner Barbara Jordan filed her salary-hike resolution Tuesday, the first step toward bringing it to a commission vote to place the amendment on the November ballot.

“Everyone should be able to run for office, not just people who are retired, like myself, or who are independently rich,” she said. “You have up-and-coming young professionals who want to get into the political arena, and they can’t afford to do that on $6,000.”

Regarding term limits, Vanessa Brito, chairwoman of Miami Voice, told The Miami Herald Wednesday that she plans to re-submit her prior charter amendment language to make one of the two four-year terms apply to sitting commissioners. That would mean incumbents who have been in office for at least four years could run for only one more, four-year term. More here.