Natacha Seijas Teaches Jean Monestime How Things Work On The County Commission
Yesterday, Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Natacha Seijas was feeling extra generous with taxpayer
dollars. She promised to transfer $750,000 in affordable housing
funds from her district to the district of green Commissioner Jean
Monestime, who caved to Seija's suggestion that he take more time to
reconsider his plan to rescind $1.5 million in general obligation
bond funds for a project being developed by Opa-Locka Mayor Myra
It was Monestime's first test fighting for one of his agenda items during the county commission's infrastructure and land use committee, which Seijas chairs. The Haitian American politician was looking to undo two of his predecesssor Dorrin Rolle's last acts as county commissioner this past November 4, before Monestime took office.
Rolle had awarded the $1.5 million to Taylor's New Beginning Village and $6.5 million for a project called Tradewinds at 1921 NW 79th Street using his district's share of $137 million in general obligation bond money the county commission set aside for affordable housing and economic development project.
Commissioners are allowed to dole out the funds as they see fit, even without competitive bidding. Monestime defeated Rolle in last year's general election to represent District Two, which includes parts of Liberty City, North Miami, North Miami Beach and Opa-Locka.
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