Mayor Gimenez Wants to Close 13 Libraries, Fire 884 People To Cut Taxes

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​Newly elected Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday proposed cutting last year's budget by 19 percent and reversing the tax hike ushered in by recalled mayor Carlos Alvarez, The Miami Herald reports.

He wants to do it, and close the projected $400-million budget shortfall, by cutting 1,286 positions from the county; 402 of them are already vacant, and the rest would be eliminated with layoffs.

Gimenez also proposed increasing county employee contributions to health care insurance, cutting his office's budget by 20 percent and the county's operating budget by 7.3 percent, or almost $350 million.

His total proposed budget comes to $6.1 billion, down from $7.6 billion last year. But the cuts in the operating budget, while mostly sparing essential services like fire departments, will result in 13 libraries being shuttered, according to the Herald.

Though cutting his own salary in half was a positive step towards revitalizing trust in a mayor's office tarnished by widespread dissatisfaction with Alvarez, Gimenez has not always been particularly careful with public money (yes, that stupid $1 billion port tunnel is still being built), and he just hired Genaro "Chip" Iglesias into a $225,000-a-year gig as chief of staff and "deputy mayor," so we'll have to wait and see how effective Gimenez's cost-cutting turns out to be.

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Your talking about 13 small store-front libraries that are either not well attended, or within a mile from an existing library, while the County has been paying huge leases on the small spaces.  In good times, ok, but, not now when people are losing their jobs and homes.  As long as the overall budget of the Mayor's staff goes down 20%, I really could care less how it is allocated.  Chip has been a manager for a while, and will be doing the job of 2 1/2 of the folks on Alvarez's staff.  Alvarez had a Chief of Staff that did nothing but make money outside of the County, and in the County.


All so you could save $10 a month in taxes.  That's the cost of a pound of flesh.

Fire old firemen, now
Fire old firemen, now

Gimenez needs to show good faith and fire at least a dozen paper pushing older firemen. They sit around the office pushing paper and they get paid $150,000 per year and more.

Carlos Gimenez can't play favorites just because he was a fireman.

Fire needs cuts
Fire needs cuts

Carlos Gimenez needs to do more. He needs to fire at least 2,500 employees, not just terminate "unfilled" positions.

In addition, Gimenez can't play favorites and ignore the fire union. They are overpaid too. Not as bad as the greedy pigs at the City of Miami fire union though.

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