Miami county bucks trend, raises property taxes

Miami-Dade County commissioners, defying a threat of a recall campaign, approved a budget and property tax rate hike that will raise November property tax bills for 60 percent of homesteaded property owners.

After a 10-hour meeting that stretched to 3:20 a.m. Friday morning, the panel voted 8-5 in favor of the administration's proposed budget, which was tweaked in recent days to restore funding for a list of programs and jobs to satisfy commissioners.

``What we have to do in this community is not allow ourselves to be bullied,'' said Commission Chairman Dennis Moss. Referring to the specter of a recall led by Miami businessman Norman Braman, he added: ``If I have to run against myself, I think I'll do OK.''

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