Miami: Higher Fees to Save Budget
Post on April 17, 2015 by The Victoria Law Group 0 Comments
While plunging home values and a decision not to raise property taxes offer many Miami residents a break on their tax bill this year, tucked in the budget are a host of rate and fee hikes that city leaders hope will make up for those missing dollars.
Miami residents will now have to pay $250 fines after a third fire alarm. Receiving a towed car will cost $134. And to get fingerprinted at the city’s police department, they will have to fork over $10.
The moves are an attempt – along – with salary and pension cuts – to fill the city’s $105 million budget hole, a vacuum caused in part by last year’s troubled stock market and a 2007 worker-friendly union contract that pushed many salaries sky high.
The city expects the fees, from fire inspections to vehicle impoundment to emergency medical services, to raise $18 million. Most of the new rates went into effect on Oct. 1, the first of the new budget year, and you didn’t even know about it.
Read Patricia Mazzei’s Miami Herald article here: