Dade Considering Paying For Rail With Special Taxing Districts

Dade commissioners may soon vote on a plan to jumpstart rail construction by creating special taxing districts.

If approved, between 25 and 50 percent of property taxes from real estate within a half mile of the six proposed SMART transit corridors would be placed into a transit trust fund.

The county could issue bonds immediately based on future revenue, allowing construction on the transit corridors to begin quickly (and possibly even without needing additional studies for federal funding.)

According to the Herald, the county’s budget office is opposed to the plan, since they rely on rising property taxes to pay for “mounting costs of government,” including police and parks.

The proposed corridors include the fast growing downtown Miami area, and the construction of rail lines is expected to spur even faster growth along the lines.

Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the proposal September 7, but the meeting was postponed by Hurricane Irma.

 

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Anonymous

Do It please. Taxes are necessary to run a transit system. People need to realize that services cost money to build and more importantly to run.

Jesus

Tell that to the so called “business experts” who say it is a drag on business! Hahaha

Anonymous

I wouldn’t mind if the tax dollars actually went where they’re supposed to, unlike the 2001 penny tax. Why the hell didn’t anybody go to jail?!

Anonymous

Why can’t we replicate a model like the ones in Japan? All those rail and commuter lines are all privately operated and have been late a combined 3 mins in its 30 year run! Governments are clueless as to properly and efficiently operate mass transit. Privatize and encourage with tax incentives for these infrastructure projects and let there be more than one company to promote competition and better prices for the communities. Yes I know we don’t have the density like Tokyo or most of Japan but we can start. All this nonsense about Miami-Dade Transit Authority with its smart plan and yet they can’t even run a tiny Metro rail line properly.

Jesus

We can’t have privately held lines here because what’s the purpose of a business? To make a profit. If there is no profit incentive for a company, they would not start a business off that model. Why do you think we haven’t seen an increase in space-related companies? There’s no profit there, as of yet. In Japan, a great majority of people have no option but to take the train. It’s not the same here.

Anonymous

Continue gradually privatizing I-95. People will take local highways and traffic will still be bad until somebody comes and is allowed to build mass transit. Why do you think Brightline is proposing to operate their own local commuter service? It’s absolute hell in traffic, and more people would rather pay for train tickets than gas, tolls, and misery.

Miami Hurricane

I would rather pay for a train ticket than sit in traffic, but I cannot afford to show up somewhere soaking with sweat. How many rail stations in South Florida are not outside?
UberPool is great if you are heading somewhere non urgent or important, even though the drivers’ vehicles in that car fleet is hit or miss, it beats taking the train. You are essentially crowdsourcing public transport.

Jesus

Couldn’t agree more with you.

Anonymous

The only way this will get done is to replace all the leaders in the county with actual smart people.

Anonymous

Japan and Europe didn’t screw themselves over because they reconsidered congested freeways and crappy domestic air travel as “the future.” The irony is their infrastructure was bombed to oblivion during the war, while National City Lines pulled all ours up for General Motors buses with Firestone tires running on Chevron Gas. Maybe it’s the other side to the coin concerning free market transportation, but another irony is it wouldn’t have been economically feasible if the government didn’t build the Interstate Highway system.

District Worker

Do it 20 years ago!

Anonymous

Key word is considering. Nothing has, is, or will be done. If you want real public transit you need to move to a real city.

miami1

Do it, I live within the half mile of the South Corridor and I’m in favor.

Jesus

If the county’s budget office is worried about paying for the services the community needs, they should approve this. This would bring in more people which automatically increases revenues. Also, people would now have better and more options for transportation. Transportation issues are among the top reasons people can’t get ahead because if you live in Homestead, for example, how can you travel to Downtown or the beaches where the jobs are? You just lost an opportunity there because the government didn’t provide the option for public transport. The bus system sucks and everyone knows it so there’s no incentive for people to take that right now. Rail would fix that. So yeah, doing this would make the county richer and also increase property values for the people around the areas.

Anonymous

Great

Anonymous

Do it.

Anonymous

Find this portion interesting as Brickell which I assume pays high property taxes has barely green spaces and rarely see cops patrolling.

According to the Herald, the county’s budget office is opposed to the plan, since they rely on rising property taxes to pay for “mounting costs of government,” including police and parks.

Martim

This would be an ideal situation and I would approve. However, since I take the Metro to work regularly, the government and specifically those in charge of operating said transport system are inept to the upteenth degree. Every train Northbound from 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM is suicidally crowded, some cars have broken A/C, absurdly poor timing of trains, express trains during times when people have to get to work…ALL people need to get to work, not just those boarding at Dadeland North or South. If these guys can’t get this right running a train that runs up and down US-1, you expect these guys to get it right funding, constructing and operating a system of this magnitude? BANANA REPUBLIC.

Anonymous

I am so willing to pay to get additional rail options. BUILD IT NOW!!

B Dub

The shaded areas of the taxing districts are a good proxy for convenience. If the trip start, end, or both isn’t shaded, the rail system won’t be convenient for you.