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.”READ MORE: NBA fines Miami Heat $25,000 for violating 'bench decorum'
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.READ MORE: Man faces several charges including pointing laser at BSO aviation unit
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.MORE NEWS: Miami ex-Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
The average income is around $44,000 a year.