Incompetence or Indifference? Miami Commissioners

In these “unprecedented times,” we keep hearing from our electeds, as the COVID19 pandemic and economic crisis stretches into 2021, people need help paying the rent, staying in business and/or feeding their families. So why are city of Miami commissioners sitting on somewhere between $700,000 and almost $1 million in COVID relief grocery and/or Visa gift cards? Only Commissioner Manolo Reyes has given out all the cards allotted to his office through the $4.7 million grocery gift card program, Assistant City Manager Fernando Casamayor said at last week’s meeting, adding that there was still $700K in unspent aid. But when he gave the individual unused balances for each commissioner — who got the original allocations proportionate to poverty index for their district — it’s closer to $929 million:

Alex Diaz de la Portilla in District 1 has $191,000 Ken Russell in District 2 has $279,000 Joe Carollo in District 3 has $99,000 Jeffrey Watson in District 5 has $360,000 They were all surprised that they still had cards left.

Miami commissioners hang on to hundreds of COVID19 relief gift cards – Political Cortadito

About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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