Mayor Diaz-Padron Secures $5m in Appropriations for City of West Miami

The largest amount ever obtained by West Miami

City of West Miami Mayor Eric Diaz-Padron announces securing $5,000,000 in State and Federal appropriations for the City of West Miami in 2022. This funding will add to the $1.33 Million the city obtained over the previous three years since Diaz-Padron joined the Commission. This funding is geared towards improving the city's aging potable water system.

"This crucial funding will be put to work immediately to ensure that West Miami residents benefit from high-quality drinking water. In replacing the over 70-year-old system, the city will address concerns related to deteriorated and leaking pipes which cause environmental damage and budget issues," said Diaz-Padron.

$3 Million of the funding is coming by way of the federal government as part of an earmark sponsored and secured by Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. The remaining $2 Million was appropriated by the State of Florida in the budget recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. The appropriation bill was sponsored and spearheaded by State Senator Ileana Garcia and State Representative Demi Busatta Cabrera.

"Our city is blessed with dedicated and influential elected officials that understand the challenges we face. We are grateful for Congresswoman Salazar's work in Congress and Senator Ileana Garcia and Representative Busatta Cabrera's efforts in the Florida legislature. It's a powerful thing when all levels of government are working together for the betterment of the community," added Diaz-Padron.

About West Miami, Florida 

Incorporated in 1947, the City of West Miami is a small city of about 8,000 residents nestled between the City of Miami and the City of Coral Gables. It is also the City where United States Senator Marco Rubio began his political career. Mayor Eric Diaz-Padron, 27, is an attorney and currently serves as the youngest mayor in the State of Florida. 

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Source: City of West Miami, FL