Hey Miami-Dade! How ’bout another election?

   Lost in last night’s marquee results was the fact that Miami-Dade will soon have to mount a whole ‘nother countywide election.  It’ll be a runoff for the newly-created property appraiser’s office.

   Former State Senator and County Commissioner Gwen Margolis led yesterday’s balloting.  But she got only 42% of the vote in a four-person race, and will face political newcomer Pedro Garcia in a runoff.

   When?  We don’t know yet.  County Commissioners have to set a date before December 31st.  Elections Supervisor Lester Sola is recommending December 2nd.  I bet Sola and the commissioners were secretly hoping someone would win this thing outright– a countywide special election will cost $3-4 million.

   Taxpayers approved making the appraiser’s job elective, hoping it’d keep appraisals– and therefore taxes– down.  But it looks like taxpayers will take a hefty hit to fill the job.


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