Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposes spending $250,000 over three years to pay for legal and financial consulting services that will help the county to negotiate P3 projects. The county will use the money to “pay for the expertise needed to ensure the delivery of new facilities and services into the future,” explained Gimenez in a letter introducing the budget draft.
The county also plans to use revenue from an existing surtax “to attract private partners to bring their resources to the table to address transportation issues throughout the county.”
The proposed budget lists 689 capital projects, many of which could be P3s, according to attorneys Carly Grimm and Albert Dotson, Jr. of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP, in a National Law Review blog post. These projects include repairs to and construction of correctional and detention facilities and a court house, cruise terminal and port improvements and airport and passenger rail projects.
Miami-Dade has used P3s to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure and more are underway, including a biosolids processing facility and a water treatment plant.
Elsewhere in the region, the city of South Miami may use a P3 to rebuild its dilapidated City Hall. A city commission recently passed an ordinance to authorize the adoption of P3 guidelines, the Miami Herald reported. The guidelines call for bidders to pay up-front fees to cover proposal processing and evaluation.
“Somebody comes in and hands you something, you have to pay to evaluate it. You have to pay people … to say, ‘Is this even worth looking at?’ Whereas, with this, they hand you a proposal and a $10,000 check with which you can hire people to check it out,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard explained.