"WHY SHOULD OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CONTINUE TO LET OTHERS MAKE DECISIONS THAT EFFECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE AND SPEND OUR MONEY WITHOUT US HAVING A SAY IN THOSE DECISIONS?"
Over the last 10 years we have had no local control or input in many areas such as:
There are 13 commissioners in Miami Dade, none of whom live in our community, and only 1 is directly elected by us. Currently, we have little to no influence over the decisions made by these commissioners, and they are not concerned with the priorities of our community.
We have no say over what or how much money is spent for police protection or where those officers patrol. Our current tax dollars pay for police officers with which are shared by an entire police district of 105,000 people. As our own city, we would have 28 sworn police officers dedicated to our neighborhood of 19,000 residents.
THe New k-8 School
The decision to build the Aventura-Waterways K-8 School in OUR neighborhood was made without our approval, and it mainly services and benefits the children of Aventura. It is no secret that the school has increased traffic and crowded our roadways, and we get NONE of the benefits.
West Dixie Units
The decisions that have been made to construct rental and permanent units on West Dixie Highway didn't have our input. This money could have been used for other services, as decided based upon our needs. As our own city we would have control and the ability to discuss the positive and negative benefits of such developments.
Mass Transit System
There is a proposed mass transit commuter system to be built in our neighborhood on West Dixie, the purpose of which is to bring yet more people from other areas to shop in Aventura Mall -- but we have no say right now!
Taxes Northeast Dade Pays:
We live in separate areas with given names - The Chateaux, Coventry, Forest Estates, Highland Gardens, Highland Lakes, Oak Forest, Oak Hammock, Presidential Estates, Sunswept, Skylake, Greynolds Park and numerous other areas - but we are all a part of a neighborhood of some 19,000 people strong. However, we are also labeled as "Unincorporated Miami Dade County", a county populated with 2,500,000 people. In tax dollars, we pay Miami Dade County $2 Million each year, yet receive the equivalent of only $800,000 in services. This means we pay approximately $1.2 Million for services that we don't get back, helping to support the 2,481,000 people that do not live in our neighborhood.
If we become a city then those tax dollars would stay in our neighborhood and we could use them for better services that benefit our residents! It's time to bring our dollars back home.
Benefits of Incorporation: