The Wednesday Miami Beach City Commission meeting starts the formal process for the 2010-2011 city budget, with the setting of a preliminary tax rate and scheduling of public hearing dates.
The city commission also may revisit the issue of South Beach flooding.
The city decided last month to spend $1 million on a master plan for stormwater drainage. Commissioner Jonah Wolfson has an agenda item to discuss stormwater issues along Alton Road and West Avenue between Fifth Street and Lincoln Road.
Meanwhile, the budget conversation has raised concerns from Venetian Island homeowners, who worry that their long fight for streetscape improvements, which requires $10 million in capital funding, could be derailed as the city tries to deal with a $30 million operating shortfall for the budget year that starts Oct. 1.
Wednesday’s discussion is a key step in the annual budget process, and for this segment, the city invited residents to ask questions and add input. You can still do that through the city’s website at this link.
By law, the city must set a proposed tax rate and schedule two public hearing dates (hearings in September) in time for notices to be mailed by the county property tax appraiser during August.
That tentative tax rate will be set Wednesday, and it essentially caps how high the rate will be, though the rate can be cut during the September hearings. It’s during those hearings that final decisions on taxing and spending are made based for the budget that will be proposed by City Manager Jorge Gonzalez.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at 1700 Convention Center Dr.