Miami — The Miami Town Council heard reports on efforts to control blight, honor veterans and return taxes to the state at last week’s meeting.
Town Manager Jerry Barnes reported that the town had erroneously received $117,984.85 in tax money when a business owner checked the wrong box. The money should have gone to Globe but was directed to Miami instead. “We were sent money we weren’t entitled to so we have to send it back,” Barnes said. The Department of Revenue has made an agreement with the town to deduct $32,520 from sales tax revenue per year for a period of three years to repay the money.
Darryl McDaniels, who took the position of code enforcement officer about a month ago, reported on the fall cleanup recently held in town. He said about 30 volunteers worked on the cleanup, including several youth who saw what was going on and decided to join the crews. “They saw the excitement. They wanted to know what was going on and they volunteered,” McDaniels said. “It just shows great pride in the community.”
He added that he hopes to educate people of the town about blight issues and abandoned vehicles.
Mayor Rosemary Castaneda added that the town cleanups are getting more organized and efficient. “We’ve got this down to an art,” she said, adding that by tackling smaller sections of town, volunteers can start by 8 a.m. and finish by noon.
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