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2 days before election, Miami-Dade mayor still hesitant on Jackson hospital vote

@PatriciaMazzei

The Miami-Dade County Commission agreed this summer to place a question on the Nov. 5 ballot asking voters if they wanted to raise the property-tax rate to fund $830 million in bonds for the Jackson Health System.

At the time, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he had reservations about the taxpayer-funded upgrades.

Time has apparently done nothing to change his mind.

On Sunday, two days before Election Day, Gimenez said he still had unanswered questions about Jackson's needs given federal healthcare reform.

"I believe that Jackson needs money for capital," Gimenez told WPLG-ABC 10's Michael Putney on This Week in South Florida. "I'm not sure $830 million is the right amount."

He didn't say how he plans to vote -- the mayor is known to prefer to go to the polls on Election Day and not during early voting. But his lukewarm response was less than encouraging for a campaign looking to raise money for a public hospital system ultimately accountable to county leaders.

Making things even more awkward: Several key political consultants working on the Jackson bond campaign engineered Gimenez's mayoral run -- including one of his sons, Carlos J. Gimenez.

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Terence

For the County Mayor to waiver on this ballot measure for the County Hospital is unconscionable. How do you justify spending over $3 million on a special call countywide election, and be indifferent to the outcome? However this referendum turns out tomorrow, it is a loss for the Mayor.

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