Mayor Carlos Alvarez was ousted Tuesday by voters angry
over a property tax rate increase and salary raise for county employees
in a county struggling to recover from the recession.
With 100 percent of precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust
the mayor, making Miami-Dade the most populous area, with more than 2.5
million people, ever to recall a local official. Just 12 percent of the
204,500 who cast ballots were in favor of allowing Alvarez to finish
his second term, which ends in 2012.
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