2021 Miami Beach Straw Ballot Question 2: Urge 1% tax for Homeless Assistance/Domestic Violence Centers?

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

2021 Miami Beach Straw Ballot Question 2: Urge 1% tax for Homeless Assistance/Domestic Violence Centers?:

Non-binding question asks if City should urge the State to allow collection on certain food and beverage consumption

On the November 2 ballot, this non-binding question to seek voter opinion on if the City should ask the State legislature to allow Miami-Dade County to collect a 1% Homeless and Domestic Violence Tax on food and beverages consumed on-premises in certain establishments. Miami Beach is one of three municipalities exempt from the tax because it collects resort tax on these purchases.

Straw Ballot Question 2: Urge Legislature: 1% tax for Homeless Assistance/Domestic Violence Centers

Here’s how the question will read on the ballot: Would you support the City Commission adopting a Resolution urging the Florida Legislature to amend Section 212.0306, Florida Statutes, to allow for collection of a one percent (1%) tax on food and beverage sales for consumption on premises in the City of Miami Beach, which would not apply to hotels and motels, in order to assist homeless persons and those at risk of homelessness, and for the construction and operation of domestic violence centers?

Explanation:
A non-binding question to give the Mayor and Commissioners direction on public opinion and to determine if they want to ask the State legislature to allow the City to collect an additional tax on certain food and beverage purchases.

Currently, Miami-Dade County collects a 1% Homeless and Domestic Violence Tax on food and beverage sales from businesses that sell alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption in all areas except Miami Beach, Surfside, and Bal Harbour. Collection only applies to businesses with gross annual receipts over $400,000. Establishments in hotels and motels are exempt.

Collections are distributed as follows: 85% to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and 15% to domestic violence centers throughout Miami-Dade County.

Cities that impose a municipal resort tax including Miami Beach are exempt from imposing the tax. For the County to collect the tax, the State legislature would have to act to amend State law.

“If a majority of the City’s voters vote in favor of this straw-ballot measure, the City Commission may then consider whether to adopt a Resolution urging the Florida Legislature to amend Section 212.0306, Florida Statutes, to allow for Miami-Dade County to collect a 1% Homeless and Domestic Violence tax in Miami Beach,” according to the City’s Voter’s Guide. 


As of October 9, the following organizations have taken a position on the question

Supporters (Yes on the queston):
SOBE Safe

Opposed (No on the question):
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce