Four Miami-Dade municipalities considering annexation – NBC 6 South Florida

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Four municipalities in Miami-Dade County want to expand their boundaries, and the proposal is generating a lot of controversy.

The process is called annexation. This includes, for example, a city that extends into unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County.

Miami Springs is interested in annexing county lands. Doral too. The village of Virginia Gardens is as well as the town of Medley.

The four municipalities have been working on the plan for more than 15 years.

The mayor of Miami Springs said she is ready for her city to develop.

“We are in the center of Miami-Dade County, we are a small community,” Mayor Maria Puente Mitchell said. “Other communities, other municipalities, have been allowed to increase and diversify their land use and increase their business base. It makes sense that we have the same opportunity.”

But many people living and working in these unincorporated areas strongly oppose it.

“This is pretty much a land grab, and it’s all about the money,” said a Miami Springs real estate broker.

Longtime Springs business owner Melissa Uribe Gil is certain property taxes on her industrial buildings will rise.

“We don’t know what we’re going to be offered, we don’t know the benefits because we’re going to pay that extra amount, so that’s where the problem is, where’s the transparency here,” she said. declared.

But elected officials from all four municipalities see things differently, saying annexation will broaden their tax base, create more access to their areas and provide more government services to businesses and residents.

County commissioners will have the final say on the matter. They got their first glimpse of the plan during their meeting on Thursday.

Further research will be done on the article.

The commission is expected to make a final decision at a meeting in the near future.

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