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Miami-Dade Removes Tax Hiking Mayor

From a strangely discreet Associated Press:

Miami-Dade voters remove Mayor Carlos Alvarez

Tue Mar 15, 2011

MIAMI – Mayor Carlos Alvarez was ousted Tuesday by voters angry over a property tax rate increase and salary raise for county employees in a county struggling to recover from the recession.

What’s this? Didn’t Mr. Alvarez do what the news media have told us is exactly what the taxpayers all across America want? Didn’t he raise taxes in order to give still more money to the public sector unions?

Where did he go wrong?

With 100 percent of precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust the mayor, making Miami-Dade the most populous area, with more than 2.5 million people, ever to recall a local official. Just 12 percent of the 204,500 who cast ballots were in favor of allowing Alvarez to finish his second term, which ends in 2012…

The effort to remove Alvarez was led by billionaire car dealer Norman Braman.

"County voters have demonstrated by their ballots that they are tired of unaccountable officials, of being ignored and of being overtaxed in this very difficult recessionary time," Braman said at a news conference.

Alvarez maintained throughout the recall effort that raising taxes was necessary to fill a $444 million gap and avoid cuts to critical social services. He said those affected by the property tax increase had enjoyed an artificially low 3 percent annual cap on tax increases during the real estate boom, and that the last round of contract negotiations had authorized most of the employee raises.

Francisco Rodriguez, 58, a bus driver, said his property taxes increased by about $600 this year, leading him to cancel his health insurance. He voted to remove Alvarez.

"It’s time for him to go," Rodriguez said. "We want a change."

The Associated Press is actually quoting a taxpayer? And one who has problems because of higher property taxes? This is surely a first.

"The defining issue really is the type of government that the citizens of this community are looking for," Braman said. "It’s about empowering the people of this community to take it back from the politicians who have been running it, and running it in a way that I think endangers the fiscal future of our community."

Braman, a former Philadelphia Eagles owner, gathered twice the 51,000 signatures needed to recall the mayor. County Commissioner Natacha Seijas was also on the recall ballot and removed from office.

Yolanda Soler, 47, said she voted to recall the mayor.

"I think it’s important that politicians know when the people are not with them," she said. "What he did didn’t make any fiscal sense. I’m disappointed because I did trust him to do a better job."

And what is even more shocking than the AP quoting taxpayers is that they did not once mention Mayor Alvarez’s political party. He is a Republican.

Which must mean that the AP approved of his actions, after all. Otherwise, they would have noted he was from the GOP early and often. Not that there was ever any doubt about where they stand.

Also notice that this is an unsigned article. Which probably is a result of the ongoing labor dispute between the AP union staffers and the AP’s management.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Miami-Dade Removes Tax Hiking Mayor”

  1. canary says:

    Steve nailed AP’s unsigne articles from the AP union on strike. Of course they did sports but left out Obama’s long winded ESPN interview bracket pick for 3rd year.

    The guide for the new March Madness (AP) – 1 hour ago


  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…88 percent voted to oust the mayor…”

    Wow. That’s all I can say.

  3. Right of the People says:

    When can we do this to the butt monkey in the White House?

  4. proreason says:

    Only 88%?

    So a small majority opposed the man. Obviously they don’t understand the new normal.

    My guess is that there is a critical lack of Harvard graduates in south Florida.

  5. heykev says:

    “Mayor Alvarez’s political party. He is a Republican.”

    I, for one, am REALLY tired of Republican’s opting to raise taxes, extend pay and benefits for gov’t officials instead of trying to do their job and reign in taxes and spending.

    Sadly, it looks like the leadership in the new Republican majority is not interested in really cutting taxes and run-away spending either.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    The AP knows that the big-government friendly GOP brand of the last decade is in peril just as much as the establishment. Rush made a great point in noting how the Left never realizes how their own radicalism and demagoguery pushes people further away from their view, while early and oft claiming such consequences everytime a Conservative even utters “radical Islam” in a public context. As a collective, these people are completely incapable of any true introspection. They see and hear only what they can take advantage of.

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