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How Miami-Dade used hotel taxes to boost the general fund


Florida's tourism industry routinely plays watchdog against efforts by local governments to use hotel taxes to ease pressure on property taxes. Even spending "tourist taxes" on lifeguards can spark a fight

But Miami-Dade County found a way to shift about $25 million in hotel-tax reserves, and then used the spare dollars to free up property taxes to be spent throughout the county's budget. With the hotel-tax reserves drained, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is facing a budget reckoning for the upcoming fiscal year and questions over just how strict those hotel-tax rules really are. 

To try this at home, you'll first need a zoo funded with property taxes.

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