Three town charter amendments on Nov. 4 ballot

Government By David L. Snelling, The Miami Laker staff Thursday, October 16, 2014

  On November 5, Miami Lakes voters will cast ballots on two town charter amendments and a non-binding straw ballot measure that call for residents to decide whether the town should consider future annexation plans through a referendum, resume pursuing the town independent town-wide zip code and allowing councilmembers to appoint residents to the city’s committees instead of the mayor. Vice Mayor Manny Cid and Councilmembers Frank...
  Bob Graham Education Center student Kaylen Grass and her Social Studies teacher, Ingy Cruz, traveled to Washington D.C., as a part of a program that celebrates National Constitution Day. Each year on September 17, the nation celebrates the occasion when schools receive federal funding and federal agencies provide education about the U.S. Constitution. The event across the country includes student-led readings, political panels, tours...

Lien amnesty program now underway

Community Monday, October 6, 2014

  Town of Miami Lakes now offers a Code Enforcement Lien Amnesty Program as an incentive to property owners with outstanding liens to bring their property into compliance, and become eligible for as much as an 85 percent reduction in the amount owed on their lien. Both residential and commercial property owners are eligible to apply. The application period started October 1, and runs to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015. The deadline...

Town hosts Candidate Forum on October 8

Government Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  A Candidate Forum for the November 4 General Election will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 8, at Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street. Town Council Seats 2, 4 and 6 are up for reelection. Councilmembers Tim Daubert (Seat 2) and Frank Mingo (Seat 4) may attend the Forum but will not be participating as they are unopposed for their Council seats and are elected to a four-year term. Councilmember Ceasar Mestre,...

Council approves $30 million budget; clarify misinformation of town expenses

Government By David Snelling, The Miami Laker staff Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  Miami Lakes approved a new $30 million budget for 2014-2015 and kept the same rate of 2.3518 for property taxes to generate $7 million in revenue, restored the funding for the town’s committees but shelved reinstating the contentious waste haulers fee. At the second and final budget hearing last week, facing a $1 million shortfall, councilmembers unanimously approved the spending plan and tax rate and cleared up some...
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