|Shifty eyes, leaning head and pursed lips: Yep it is the Mayor.||Read Carlos Gimenez's tell: Cocked head.|
1st Cop Out - Item 2B4 on today's agenda:
It is an item on a study on pay equality at the county and is accompanied by a memo from the mayor saying he doesn't have the expertise to do the study.
Apparently it was a bcc request by resolution last year and the mayor is saying he needs extra dollars to do the study by an external entity. Pathetic. All it would take is an excel spreadsheet, some time, and a good pair of eyes. It took him long enough for this cop out.
2nd Gimenez Cop out (another oldie rearing its ugly head):
The Board of County Commissioners will address the Special Taxing District item during today's BCC hearing.
As previously exposed by Channel 23, in 2011 the Miam-Dade Public Works and Waste Department failed to raise the rates on all Special Taxing Districts in an effort to keep taxes low and help reelect Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
For the span of four years, under orders from the mayor's office, the listed department has failed to raise the rates throughout the county and as a result the Miami Dade Finance Department has uncovered a huge deficit in Special Taxing District funds.
The County's Legal Department has ordered rates for all districts to be raised in order to cover the deficit; however, Mayor Gimenez wants to raise the rates on a pro rated basis in order to avoid raising the rates of thousands of county residents, especially in a year prior to his reelection bid.
In order to diffuse this issue the listed department forced Special Taxing District Chief Don Tok to resign and Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak has been assigned to oversee the issue.
The department has held back the required notice alerting all Special Taxing Districts of the impending raise in taxes due to the wave of bad publicity such action will create. The department is hoping to convince the commission to delay hearing the item or procure funds from other sources to cover the deficit. (rob Peter to pay Paul approach)
This is a clear attempt by the Gimenez administration to cover up a past misdeed by playing a budgetary shell game. The intended objective is to protect the mayor by keeping taxes and rates low and prevent Raquel Regalado from using the information against the mayor in her mayoral campaign.
Rates will go up throughout the county as a result of this deficit.
You can't cop out of these 2 Mayor Gimenez: You look bad.