Commissioners To Ask Voters For $86K Salary Hike

MIAMI – (CBS4) – Do Miami-Dade county commissioners deserve an $86,000 raise?

That will be among the controversial charter questions that voters will be asked to decide when they vote on a countywide referendum May 24th

On the same day, voters will be asked to elect a new mayor and county commissioner, seats that were left vacant when voters recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez and longtime County Commissioner Natasha Seijas. 

Currently, commissioners are paid $6,000 a month and critics have said commissioners are distracted by their outside jobs and, at times, influenced by them. 

Commissioners have argued that to get the job done right, a sitting commissioner should make a full-time salary. But voters who recently recalled two longtime, sitting leaders over increased taxes and may not be swayed.

 Other reforms placed before voters will include placing 12-year term limits on sitting commissioners. 

A move Miami billionaire businessman Norman Braman criticized to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. 

“The proposals put forth are outrageous. The commission threw it all in the face of voters,’’ Braman told the newspaper. “To think these people would stay in office until 2024 is just incredible.”
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  1. MARIANO STEFANO says:

    UNTIL 2024 JA JA JA
    ALL COMMISSION SHULD RESING
    MIAMI-DADE NEED A NEW START

    1. Mike S says:

      I agree! 100 PERCENT

  2. tim3500 says:

    They are all crooks…

  3. Mike S says:

    I suggest they start doing something to actually EARN the money they get, In my humble Opinion they make TOO much money as it is.. Why are they there in the first place? Seems to me, and I’m sure i’m not alone.. it’s to secure THIER futures NOT the people they solicited votes from!

    Fire them all !

  4. DOMINGO says:

    IF THEY ALL DO WHAT THEY WHAT PUT THERE TO DO AND DO IT RIGHT MAYBE AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY WOULD HAVE TO THINK IF THEY SHOULD GET A RAISE BUT I DONT THINK THEY SHOULD GET ANYTHING LIKE MARIO SAID THEY SHOULD RESING OR BE PUT PUT CAUSE ALL THEY DONE IS TAKE THE COUNTY DOWN .

    1. Mike S says:

      THEY MAKE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO Live on.. WHY should THEY make SO MUCH MONEY.. it is a distraction from what they should be doing.. All they see is $$$$$$$$$$$$$ all crooks know crooks willing to do them a favour.. Who gets the favours? Hmmmmmmmmmm Well the Biggest Crooks, they cause they have the biggest Wallets.

  5. Sid says:

    I say ~ a plucked chicken from Little Haiti is enough pay for these swine that have been feeding at the trough for years and let us cut out their leased vehicles and let us give them prepaid cards for their cell phones

  6. howard says:

    Pay them $2million a year.
    First close all the schools ,close all police stations,fire houses,libraries.Sell all the ambulances,police cars,and fire trucks.
    The economy is bad.We must all tighten our belts.

  7. Sid says:

    Howard ….Good Points All …. but what to do with Tow Truck operators ?

  8. Rob Boyte says:

    I only make $35K a year – half of what these deadbeats make to screw up the county. I also don’t have a car – I bike to work on these dangersous streets.

    From the commenhts here it doesn’t look like they are going to get the raise. Just the fact that they have the nerve to put this on the ballot at this time makes me think we should have gotten rid of more than two of the clueless commissioners.

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