Raise taxes to save animals? In this economy?
When a grassroots coalition of animal lovers, sick at heart with Miami-Dade County’s persistently high death rate, suggested asking voters to do just that, experienced rescuers responded with a resounding, “Yes, right.”
But on election day last November, a solid majority of voters – 65 percent – did just that in a straw ballot, which put the county on a clear path to meet the no-kill target that the county commissioners had adopted five months earlier make it possible, albeit without the provision of funds.
The initiative, Pets’ Trust, was expected to raise $ 20 million annually through property taxes for measures aimed at reducing admission to the county animal shelters and the main cause of the admission rate, overpopulation.