Of the county's 2.5 million total residents (as of 2012), approximately 43% live in unincorporated areas, the majority of which are heavily urbanized. These residents are part of the Unincorporated Municipal Services Area (UMSA). For these residents, the County fills the role of both lower- and upper-tier government, the County Commission acting as their lower-tier municipal representative body. Residents within UMSA pay a UMSA tax, equivalent to a city tax, which is used to provide County residents with equivalent city services (police, fire, zoning, water and sewer, etc.). Residents of incorporated areas do not pay UMSA tax.
UMSA currently account for only 8% of your tax bill. Under the current proposed, there is no increase in UMSA taxes. The signage that states "your taxes will increase" is inaccurate according to the proposed budget. Even if, hypothetically, "The City" commission raised UMSA taxes, the increase would only be reflected on this line, which is only a small amount of the entire bill. Keep in mind, this potential minimal increase would result in the increase of services for you and the entire neighborhood as residents.
VIEW THE 2016 REPORT TO MIAMI DADE COMMISSIONERS
VIEW THE PROPOSED BUDGET
See Benefits of Incorporation:
Information Sheet on Incorporation from