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Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado wants to join teachers union lawsuit against Mayor Carlos Gimenez

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Miami-Dade County schools may join a lawsuit against the county mayor over a backlog in property tax appeals that drains money out of district coffers.

Board member Raquel Regalado said she has placed an item on Wednesday’s regular agenda asking the school district attorney for a legal opinion about joining the suit. Such an opinion is required by board rules before members can vote to join any legal action.

The United Teachers of Dade sued Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday for underfunding the Value Adjustment Board, which hears property tax appeals. As a result, the suit claims, appeals take years to be resolved and the district loses out on funds it’s owed.

The school board is expected to vote on joining the suit sometime in January, after getting their required legal opinion.

In a text message, Regalado said the district has tried negotiating with the county over the property tax issue, so joining the suit is “the only remaining option.”

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