BISCAYNE GARDENS (CBSMiami) – Residents in unincorporated Biscayne Gardens voted against making the area its own municipality.

It wasn’t particularly close, with nearly 83% of voters checking “no.”

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Had it been approved, Biscayne Gardens would’ve become Miami-Dade’s 35th municipality.

As a city, it would’ve also stopped paying Miami-Dade’s municipal services tax and instead form their own government with its own property taxes and budget.

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Resident Bruce Lamberto didn’t believe an increased tax bill would be worth any potential benefits.

“There’s nothing that really can be gained by becoming a city other than a higher tax bill,” he said. “It’s not a really rich area and a lot of the people here can’t afford higher taxes on their homes.”

Biscayne Gardens is best described as a suburban bedroom community. It’s located east of the I-95/Golden Glades interchange surrounded by Opa-locka, North Miami, Miami Gardens and North Miami Beach.

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The average income is around $44,000 a year.

CBSMiami.com Team