Miami Beach Commissioner and self-described “budget guy” David Richardson is running to be Miami-Dade County’s first elected Tax Collector in more than half a century.
The accountant and former state Representative is the first person to enter the race. Richardson vowed, if elected, to bring a “fresh approach” to the office, which “needs revamping to deliver top-notch customer service.”
Miami-Dade hasn’t had an elected Tax Collector since 1957, when voters there adopted a home rule charter abolishing a few constitutional, elected offices and making them appointed posts.
That changes next year, thanks to a constitutional amendment Florida voters approved in 2018.
– Jesse Scheckner, Florida Politics