Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Miami-Dade Mayor Ousted Over Tax Hikes

The once-popular Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez has been recalled as mayor.

With more than half the Florida county's precincts reporting, official results showed 88 percent of voters backed an effort to remove him.

Results will be likely be certified by Friday, when Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas must vacate their offices and when their salary and benefits will end.

Commissioners will then have 30 days either to appoint a new mayor, who would serve until the next countywide election – which would likely be the presidential primary in early 2012 – or to call for a special election that would have to be held in the ensuing 45 days.

According to the Miami Herald, the recall campaign began after Alvarez pushed through a budget that hiked the county’s tax rate and gave raises to county employees. Seijas voted for the budget.

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