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Judge dismisses teacher union's suit against Miami-Dade over property appeals

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A judge has sided with Miami-Dade County in a legal fight with the county's teacher union over a tax-appeals board.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Barbara Areces rules United Teachers of Dade did not have the legal standing to sue Mayor Carlos Gimenez over the county allegedly under-funding the Value Adjustment Board. County lawyers noted the VAB isn't under the mayor's authority, and Areces ruled only the board itself could sue over funding issues. Her decision dismissed the suit. 

While the legal topics were complex, the suit came as school-board member Raquel Regalado was tangling with Gimenez over VAB funding and urging board members to consider joining the suit. That was in late 2014, when Regalado was ramping up a mayoral campaign against Gimenez that she formally launched in March.

Gimenez's spokesman at County Hall, Michael Hernández, on Friday called the litigation "a frivolous and politically motivated" suit that wasted tax dollars. The teachers union had no comment, with an official saying the group had not yet seen the decision.

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