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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Celebrates Success Of MiamiCoin Launched In August

Francis Suarez, the Mayor of Miami, has been celebrating the success of MiamiCoin, which was launched in August by CityCoins.

It has been reported that the coin is built on Stacks, an open-source network of decentralized applications and smart contracts that use the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain as a programmable base layer.

However, hard-coded into MiamiCoin’s protocol is the requirement that 30% of all coins mined are routed to a digital wallet designated for the city. Those funds will be earmarked for spending on projects such as projects to mitigate the risks of climate change, funding initiatives for underprivileged communities, and investing in crypto education for tech entrepreneurs.

The report said that Fox Business estimated last week that around $2,500 worth of Stacks (STX) at its then-value of $1.50 were being transferred into the city’s wallet every 10 minutes. In an interview with Fox on Monday, Mayor Suarez confirmed the ballpark figure, stating that mining proceeds generated over $2,000 every 10 minutes and “over 5 million USD over the last 30 days.”

Likewise, in voting to accept the funds raised since August, the Miami City Commission did not vote to spend them yet. Instead, it accepted the United States dollar equivalent of the proceeds and will hold them in reserve for future municipal spending.

The Mayor said:

“It’s interesting because it’s not an involuntary tax, it’s not philanthropy, it’s something that is completely different and could revolutionize the way governments are funded in the future.”

He added:

“It’s theoretically possible that the city could generate enough taxes through MiamiCoin so that our residents don’t have to pay one cent in tax.”

Moreover, in line with Mayor Suarez’s numerous pro-crypto initiatives, a Miami-Dade County commissioner backed a resolution this spring aiming to allow residents to use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to pay local taxes. The mayor had proposed an official resolution that would see Bitcoin become an acceptable payment instrument in various parts of the city’s administration in February.

Thus, the commission agreed to study the proposal’s feasibility, rather than to take immediate steps to implement it.

Source: Cointelegraph




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