Former Commissioner Sorenson to chair bonds advisory panel

By Jeremy Glazer….

Katy Sorenson

Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson was recently elected chair of the “Building Better Communities” (BBC) General Obligation Bond Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The GOB, as it is known, was approved by the voters in 2004 and is a $2.9 billion long-term investment in the community. During the next 15-20 years, the program will fund projects at approximately 1,500 worksites throughout Miami-Dade including parks, libraries, senior housing, cultural facilities and infrastructure.

The county encourages citizen participation by informing residents on the progress of bond projects. A 21-member CAC was established to advise the mayor, county commissioners and the county manager on the program. The CAC’s role is to monitor the program, participate in progress reports to the mayor and commission, as well as provide recommendations on any reallocations or unspent bond funds, and community outreach.

“The General Obligation Bond program is more important than ever,” Sorenson said. “It’s providing sorely needed jobs in a tough economy while improving the county’s infrastructure and amenities. I’m proud to be a part of the Citizens Advisory Committee.”

Sorenson currently is the president and CEO of the Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, a program to educate elected officials at the state and local levels, and to foster citizen participation in government.

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