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THE ISSUE


A City of Miami surcharge on parking operators amounts to a 15% tax that is passed down to customers. Let’s tell city leaders to lower our parking fees.



  • Residents and visitors are paying higher parking fees because of the surcharge.
  • Parking is cost-prohibitive for many
    Miami drivers.



  • An earlier version of the surcharge has already been declared unconstitutional.
  • The Florida Constitution says local governments can’t impose non-ad
    valorem taxes.


  • *City of Miami v. Patrick McGrath III, et al.



  • The proceeds are not being used to reduce millage rate or improve infrastructure as required.
  • A portion of the tax is wrongfully being used to pay a consulting group to enforce the surcharge.


  • *Florida Statute 166.271



  • City of Miami Commissioners can vote to reduce or eliminate the parking surcharge.
  • Residents can vote to reduce or eliminate the parking surcharge by referendum.

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    THE ISSUE


    A City of Miami surcharge on parking operators amounts to a 15% tax that is passed down to customers. Let’s tell city leaders to lower our parking fees.




  • Residents and visitors are paying higher parking fees because of the surcharge.
  • Parking is cost-prohibitive for many
    Miami drivers.



  • An earlier version of the surcharge has already been declared unconstitutional.
  • The Florida Constitution says local governments can’t impose non-ad
    valorem taxes.


  • *City of Miami v. Patrick McGrath III, et al.



  • The proceeds are not being used to reduce millage rate or improve infrastructure as required.
  • A portion of the tax is wrongfully being used to pay a consulting group to enforce the surcharge.


  • *Florida Statute 166.271



  • City of Miami Commissioners can vote to reduce or eliminate the parking surcharge.
  • Residents can vote to reduce or eliminate the parking surcharge by referendum.

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    LET’S TELL CITY LEADERS TO LOWER OUR PARKING FEES.


    The City of Miami imposes a 15% surcharge on parking operators

    that drives up parking costs for customers which include City of Miami residents and visitors. The result is cost-prohibitive parking for many in the City of Miami.


    The legality of this parking surcharge is in question for several reasons. First, the Florida Constitution prohibits the legislature from authorizing local governments from imposing non-ad valorem taxes. Second, the city ordinance that establishes the surcharge requires that revenue be allocated according to specific guidelines, which the city may not be adhering to. Currently, a portion of surcharge revenue is being paid to a consulting company tasked with enforcing the surcharge.


    An earlier 1999 version of the surcharge was found unconstitutional, resulting in the city having to pay millions of dollars in damages and attorneys fees. The city may avoid a similar situation if Commissioners vote to lower or eliminate the parking surcharge. If Commissioners fail to do so, residents may vote to reduce or eliminate the parking surcharge in a referendum if certain requirements are met.


    It’s time to take action! Petition the City of Miami Commission to place a charter amendment on the ballot to allow residents to vote to prohibit parking fees or surcharges exceeding the sales tax rate in the State of Florida in any parking structure or private parking facility.


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