Thursday, October 16, 2014
ON THE 2014 COUNTY QUESTIONS HOW I WOULD VOTE. By Geniusofdespair
Genius: A big fat NO on all of them. Don't mess with article 7. They are chipping away at this very important Amendment to the Home Rule Charter, also know as the Dan Paul Amendment, that protects Parks. DON'T CHANGE IT. NO NO NO on all of them. The Home Rule Charter's Article 7 does not need changing.
Charter Amendment to Article 7 to Allow Libraries in Parks Article 7 of the Charter currently provides that parks shall be used for public park purposes only and limits construction at parks to certain permissible facilities. Shall Article 7 of the Charter be amended to:
(1) permit parks to also be used for library purposes; and (2) add libraries constructed within recreation facilities to the list of those permissible facilities at parks?
Genius: (THIS FIRST ONE IS SOOO BAD, NEXT IT WILL BE SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CENTERS. THERE WON'T BE ANY PARK SPACE LEFT. ARTICLE 7 IS A GODSEND, RESPECT IT.)
Charter Amendment Exempting Miami Dade Regional Soccer Park from Article 7
Except for parks explicitly exempted by the Charter, Article 7 provides that parks
shall be used for public park purposes only and construction within those parks is limited to certain enumerated facilities. Shall the Charter be amended to also exempt the Regional Soccer Park on NW 58th Street from the provisions and restrictions of Article 7?
Charter Amendment on Protecting Preservation Lands and Allowing Campgrounds and Lodges/Cabins in Camp Matecumbe
Article 7 of the Charter currently provides that parks shall be used for public park purposes only and limits construction at parks to certain permissible facilities. Shall the Charter be amended to: (1) further restrict development and use of County designated preservation lands that would adversely impact natural resources; and (2) add the construction of campgrounds and cabins/lodges at Camp Matecumbe to the list of those permissible facilities at parks
Charter Amendment Exempting from Article 7 Florida International University’s Expansion onto Youth Fair Site
The Dade County Youth Fair site at Tamiami Park is exempt from the public park purposes use restrictions and construction limitations in Article 7 of the Charter. Shall the Charter be amended to:
• Extend this exemption to Florida International University (FIU) for its expansion onto up to 64 acres of such site upon relocation of the Youth Fair; and
• Provide that no County funds be used for FIU’s expansion and the Youth Fair’s required
Genius: DO NOT APPROVE BONDS OR VOTE IN FAVOR OF BONDS
Funding Court Projects through Issuance of General Obligation Bonds
Shall the County fund emergency repairs to the 1928 Courthouse and the acquisition and construction of new court facilities by issuing, in one or more series, General Obligation Bonds paid or secured by taxes derived from the assessed value of property in the County (advalorem taxes), potentially increasing property taxes, in a principal amount up to 393 million dollars, bearing interest not exceeding maximum legal rate, and maturing within 30 years from issuance? (The Miami Herald agrees with me: A NO on this one)