Mayoral recall for taxes and crony raises
Miami Mayor Alvarez recalled from office[box size=small color=blue type=quote align=right]”Voters have demonstrated by their ballots that they are tired of unaccountable officials…”[/box]Hoboken411 reader Mohit sent in an article about Miami, FL Mayor Carlos Alvarez – who was voted out of office by constituents – for property tax issues – and raises for employees.
Wait a minute – sounds just like our Mayor Dawn Zimmer – who boasted a “detailed plan to reduce property taxes by 25%” (in the first year alone) and who also handed out raises like Halloween candy to her personal assistants!
“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.
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.
Alvarez said he was confident the county’s professional staff will work hard to ensure a smooth transition to a new administration.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve this community for the past 35 years,” Alvarez said in a statement. “The voters have spoken and a time of healing and reconciliation must now begin.”
The county commission will most likely schedule a special election to fill the remainder of his term.
“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,”