HALLANDALE BEACH - By Mayor Joy Cooper - There are many things that we will all be voting for
Since the absentee ballots have been mailed and early voting starts this Monday, I have been receiving many questions about the proposed local and state questions that are on the ballot. The short answer is vote yes on every question accept the “solar” choice question. Of course, then they ask why.
You may have seen the many commercials on TV purporting the amendment and that it will allow consumers to place solar panels on their roofs, that this will help Florida and keep the proposal out of the government process by putting the change into the Florida constitution while still protecting the consumer. These commercials are probably the most misleading I have seen in years.
The facts are you can put solar on your roof now. In our City, you can even utilize the value in your home to add energy efficiency solar panels and do other improvements through the PACE program. The only thing this amendment will do is lock up the Florida energy monopolies like FPL and others. I have written about this before, but wanted to make sure our readers knew to VOTE NO on the first question.
The other questions should be supported. Medical marijuana has been on the ballot before but did not receive that necessary 60% to pass. Since that amendment failed, the proposers have addressed many of the original concerns raised by the opposition. The majority of people that I speak with support this amendment.
I have had the opportunity to watch first hand the MM industry grow in Colorado since having a vacation condo there for over 16 years. It went from underground to MM and now it is legal for recreational use for the individual. It has changed that state in so many ways and most importantly improved the lives of many people who use MM to address their health needs.
It has helped their economy by creating more jobs. These jobs are not just in the industry, but in all areas. The revenue from the industry has helped many localities and the state with much needed revenue to address infrastructure. It has also reduced costs to the criminal justice system with less individuals incarcerated for procession. This amendment should pass, it is time to get it right here in our state and the amendment should get a YES vote.
The 2 Penny Tax question should both be supported. These questions are a result of the hard work of both the county and cities to bring forward their plans for both improved transportation and municipality infrastructure needs throughout the county. 30% of the penny will come from tourist dollars. The penny will not be on food, prescription drugs or purchases over $5000. All trust fund revenues will be regulated by an independent oversite committee that will monitor and approve all projects. It is mandated that the committee be comprised of only industry experts with no elected officials or people doing work on the project. Inspector General Scott will also provide additional oversite and enforcement. Both questions should be supported and both must pass. VOTE YES and YES.
There are two other county questions. The proposals include eliminating the Management and Efficiency Board. This may sound bad but it should be supported. The committee is costly and there are other mechanisms in place to insure our county government is running. The other is to change the Charter Board that is basically housekeeping. VOTE YES on both!
The other amendment if for an addition of a housing tax exemption for income restrained seniors. I see on a daily basis that our many seniors are struggling to make ends meet. We should all do our part to make sure that residents are protected in their senior years and have a roof over their heads. VOTE YES.
Most importantly vote! Every single vote will ensure that our City, county and state move in the right direction.
Have a Happy Hallandale Beach Weekend!
As always, please feel free to contact me any time with your questions/concerns and ideas on how to make our city a better place at my office: (954) 457-1318. On my cell/text at: (954) 632-5700. Or visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.com.