Many have reached out to me regarding affordable housing availability. This year, Miami Beach opened the affordable housing list. Thousands applied for the limited units. Many questioned me regarding why Miami Beach residents receive no preference or priority. I, hence, placed this item for discussion before the Neighborhoods Committee. The Committee agrees that Miami Beach residents should receive priority, and we are acting to ensure that Miami Beach residents, employees and relatives receive preference for Miami Beach affordable housing in the future.
On September 25th, the Commission finalized and adopted the budget. Many residents have expressed you feel the City has grown too much, with too many departments. Last year, I was the lone vote against the budget because I knew we could achieve more savings and trim more fat. We have now reduced the number of Departments. We can do better still. I voted to adopt this budget because the property tax millage rate did not go up. However, to ensure that we do better, I have referred this matter to the Finance Committee for a thorough review of the functions and functioning of ALL City departments to achieve a more effective and streamlined organization. I want to guarantee ALL departments are reviewed timely and aligned well in advance of next year’s budget process.
In closing, I hope to see you at least at one of many upcoming Miami Beach events! I also look forward to seeing you at my next power walk, scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6pm. We are meeting at Collins Ave and 29th Street by the beach walk. Please see details below.
Finally, for all my Jewish friends, L’Shana Tova – Happy New Year!