Lots of bus benches in West Kendall with "Happy Holidays from Juan Zapata." Doesn't say who paid for these; hoping it's not county funded. Were you aware of this?
I was not aware of this. I asked County Commissioner Juan Zapata. He said that the 50 bus benches were paid for out of his office budget funds. So Eye on Miami reader, County funds did pay for the ads as these office budgets are our tax dollars at work. See the Miami Herald for some news on office budgets under Rebeca Sosa's leadership of the County Commission:
Some commissioners appear nervous that Sosa plans to trim staff in the commission auditor office and perhaps move oversight of the commission’s intergovernmental affairs office, which deals with state and federal lawmakers, to the mayor’s office. Her goal: to repurpose the captured dollars so commissioners can travel, or spend money at will on district services, including grass-cutting and small-business grants.
While Sosa says her goal is “to save some money,” how the move would generate savings is still unclear. Under her plan, personnel in those commission-support offices would be moved to other county departments that would presumably have to pay their salaries.
Moreover, bolstering commissioner’s individual spending accounts could raise eyebrows. Facing public backlash and a slow economy, individual commissioner office budgets have been slashed to $814,000 a year, from a peak of $1.2 million. Commissioners use that money to run their offices, fund events and hand out grants to community-based organizations that often helped propel the officials to election victories.
Rebeca don't try to snow us with creative financing. We are all watching, we expect more from you.