Miami-Dade may try again to give its commissioners a significant raise and pay the 13 elected officials nearly $100,000 a year.
That’s a whopping increase from the current $6,000-a-year stipend — a 1,566 percent raise, actually. That level of full-time compensation would bring Miami-Dade in line with other local governments, but it’s also the kind of pay hike that county voters have rejected in the past.
Voters might have a chance again: A panel appointed by the county commission to recommend changes to the Miami-Dade charter is urging commissioners to put a salary-increase amendment on the November ballot as part of a larger rewrite aimed at reform.
“My personal opinion is it’s long overdue,” said Michael Valdes-Fauli, a Miami marketing executive and member of the charter-review board. “If you’re a county commissioner, you’re overseeing a $7 billion budget. How can you earn $6,000 a year?”