MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 17: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez speaks during a press conference as he defends his budget policies before a commission meeting to come up with a final budget for Miami-Dade county on September 17, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Mayor used the opportunity to defend himself and lash out at some of the media on reports that he gave raises to executives, police and firefighters as the county faces a budget crunch. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carlos Alvarez
The effort to remove Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez took another step forward Wednesday, after car dealer Norman Braman's recall petition was approved.
County clerk of courts Harvey Ruvin accepted the petition that will be used in the effort to recall Alvarez, but there's still a long way to go.
Braman will need about 50,000 signatures to get the recall to voters in the next 60 days, which would then put it up for a special election.
The billionaire Braman launched his recall effort late last month after county commissioners passed the $7.3 billion budget that will see property taxes raised as much as 14 percent in some cases while employees receive pay raises.
Alvarez is fighting the recall effort, saying the employee salary increases were already locked in by contracts that can't be reworked.