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Despite the fact that an "animal-welfare plan was given a thumbs up by nearly 65 percent of Miami-Dade voters last November," on Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald that he "will drop his request to raise a portion of the tax rate to fully fund a $19 million plan to stop killing dogs and cats at the county’s shelter."
So what possible reason could Mayor Gimenez have for disregarding 483,000 "yes" votes for a county-funded "no-kill" animal shelter?
Gimenez told the Herald "that he heard from several people Wednesday that they would not have favored the measure if it had been binding."
That's it, Mayor Gimenez? You're invalidating 483,000 votes because a few people told you they didn't understand the ballot question?
By the way, this is the same Carlos Gimenez who, according to Miami New Times, recently gave newly-promoted Port of Miami director Juan Kuryla, a 69% pay raise.
Apparently, Mayor Gimenez needs some remedial training on the fundamentals of democracy.
If you're one of the 483,000 Miami-Dade voters whose vote was invalidated by Gimenez, here are a few numbers you can call to voice your displeasure. Start dialing
Mayor’s Office: 305-375-5071
Mayor’s Personal secretary: 305-375-1880
Vice Mayor Alina Hudak: 305 375 2531
Mayor’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org