Pets’ Trust Miami Hires Ron Book
The animal lovers aren’t giving up.
After Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday nixed the same taxpayer-supported plan to stop killing unwanted animals at the county shelter that he’d supported on Tuesday, Pets’ Trust Miami had hired Ron Book, the Rin Tin Tin of South Florida lobbyists.
He plans to address the County Commission at a budget meeting Tuesday, as Pets’ Trust advocates rally outside Government Center.
Pets’ Trust co-founder Rita Schwartz said Book will fight for the nearly half a million people who voted “yes’’ to a tax increase earmarked for animal care, and to make sure that its proceeds are spent properly.
She said Book will be paid from a political action committee that Pets’ Trust Miami established before the November election.
In a barrage of emails and phone calls to county government office, some angry citizens accused Gimenez of betraying the animals; others of betraying the nearly 500,000 voters who in November approved a nominal property tax increase to improve animal services in a non-binding vote.
That would have raised an estimated $19 million in a year, costing the average property owner $20.
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