Pepe Diaz is Proposing this Resolution, February 9th, here is the part I like:
WHEREAS, this Board wishes to provide each commissioner the ability to establish a trust fund for the collection of tax-deductible private sector contributions for such public purpose projects in the commissioner’s district.
They get rid of discretionary funds and instead want to institute something worse. Now the Rodney Barreto's of the world and the rest of the Lobbyists can give gifts to a fund. No problem with campaign limits. Here is how it would work. If Vile Natacha has a breakfast program where she gathers votes from her good-will, she can get Miguel DeGrandy to fund it for her and she gives him a tax break for doing it. She has to be the middleman to get it because the people have to know it comes from her. The tax break part: You wouldn't get to take a campaign contributions off your taxes but this 'fund' translates to be the same thing. This stinks, and BTW, Pepe Diaz couldn't have thought this up in a million years, much too dumb. Also they would be accepting in-kind contributions through their districts. For example maybe Jorge Perez will build a basketball court for Pepe Diaz to give his district or the Dolphins might give Barbara Jordan 50 tickets to give out to the PTA. Not so painful to give to a politician when you can write it off. Here are more details on this decaying rat smelling, money funnel idea:
Section 1. Each commissioner is hereby authorized, in his or her discretion, to request the County Mayor, through the Finance Department, to establish a District Trust Fund for his or her district, for the sole purpose of receiving private sector monetary and in-kind tax-deductible contributions as well as public sector contributions in support of public purpose projects in the respective commission district. Each District Trust Fund shall be administered by the Finance Department at the direction of the district commissioner in accordance with this resolution and the County’s investment policies.
Section 2. Each District Trust Fund shall be kept and maintained in trust for the respective district by the Finance Department, and any deposits, including interest earned on such deposits, to the Trust Fund shall be used (i) in accordance with the terms and conditions of each grant or donation; or (ii) if there are no specific terms or limitations attached to such grant or donation, at the direction of the district commissioner for any public purpose to benefit the applicable commission district.
Section 3. The County’s formal bid and purchasing procedures in Administrative Order 3-38 with respect to small purchase orders are waived for purchases in accordance with this resolution, provided that each individual purchase does not exceed $10,000, and that three quotes on the proposed purchase are obtained if practicable or economically feasible.
Section 4. The County’s formal procedures in Administrative Order 1-3 for acceptance or rejection of gifts, donations, artwork, commemorative and/or memorial structures, and devises or bequests offered to the County are waived for receipt of contributions by a commissioner for the District Trust Fund applicable to that commissioner’s district.
Section 5. Disbursements from a District Trust Fund shall be made by announcement on the record at a meeting of this Board and approval by this Board.