“If I’d have finished it final 12 months, I’d have made 200 plus p.c,” Mayor Francis Suarez mentioned on FOX Enterprise’ “Varney and Co.” “So I’d have seemed like a genius.”
The mayor instructed host Stuart Varney that Miami is wanting into permitting residents to pay taxes and charges to town in bitcoin.
“We wish to be one of the crucial crypto-forward and technological cities within the nation,” he mentioned. “So we’re taking a look at … making a regulatory framework that makes us the simplest place in the US to do enterprise for those who’re doing it in cryptocurrencies.”
Bitcoin surged by as a lot as 284% from the start of October by way of its report excessive of $40,797 on Jan. 7. After important losses earlier this week, the cryptocurrency has bounced back, with the worth hitting above $40,000 for a sure time frame on Thursday morning, in keeping with CoinDesk.
Suarez is hoping the transfer towards bitcoin might enchantment to the tech industry and lead extra high-tech firms to maneuver to Miami.
“I need the inventive and the revolutionary class to return right here and create high-paying jobs for my residents,” he mentioned.
Suarez mentioned bitcoin is “a really enticing funding” and that town of Miami is contemplating “diversifying our funding portfolio” and holding a share of investments in bitcoin.
He believes the worth of bitcoin will enhance because the forex turns into extra mainstream.
“It is solely going to go up,” Suarez mentioned.
FOX Enterprise’ Jonathan Garber contributed to this text.