Miami-Dade Mayor's Budget Means Cuts to Police, Jails, and Libraries

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has proposed a county budget for next year that is all about cuts. To avoid raising property taxes, the county would eliminate hundreds of jobs, hitting police, corrections officers, and librarians the hardest.

In a Tuesday press conference, Gimenez unveiled a proposal to help close the current $64 million budget deficit. In his suggested budget, which will be reviewed by the County Commission, more than 600 positions will be eliminated.

These eliminations include: 177 posts and 20 civilian positions in Corrections and Rehabilition, 228 sworn positions and 57 civilian positions in the police department, and 94 full-time positions in libraries.

See also: Perez Art Museum Miami Could Receive Additional $2.5 Million From County

"We will not increase the burden on our residents through higher taxes," Gimenez said.

Other reductions will be made as services are outsourced and positions go from full-time to part-time. In libraries, Gimenez hopes to replace some full-time staff with part-time positions instead.

Gimenez's proposal did not include any kind of concessions from labor organizations although he did say that he hopes to reach an agreement with them to help reduce job eliminations.

"Let me be clear that any concessions successfully negotiated with our labor organizations will allow for the buyback of direct service cuts and could reduce the total budgeted position eliminations by more than 75 percent," Gimenez said as he repeatedly emphasized the possibility of less cuts.

Next week, commissioners will vote on setting the maximum tax rate for the upcoming year. The actual finalized budget for the next fiscal year will not be decided upon until September.

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MDWatchdog
MDWatchdog

Let's see since Giminez has come into office he has ADDED FIVE NEW VICE MAYORS MAKING OVER 100K complete with monthly vehicle allowances in ADDITION to the assigned County vehicle EACH has assigned to them, as well as all the other benefits they enjoy in those EXECUTIVE packages that the upper echilon has. Giminez HAS NOT REDUCED THOSE INSURANCE BENEFITS, NOR TAKEN ANY PAY CUTS FROM THEM OR FORCED THEM INTO MANDATORY ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS IN THE LAST SIX YEARS. If you want to keep those libraries open fire thereof those vice mayors and they'll be funded for another two years at least. THANK GOD FOR TERM LIMITS BECAUSE YOU ARE OUT OUT OUT GIMINEZ

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

Cuts to fund of Dade County's libraries benefit no one; the staff is already much reduced as are the hours these places of learning and discovery are open. On the other hand, we could reduce the "police" (uniformed thugs) force in the county by half (more would be even better) without issue and in the process save millions in otherwise WASTED money now funding the chalk-line boys, who are already super abundant, to the benefit ONLY to themselves. The most they do is to annoy and harass, and most CERTAINLY they DO NOT prevent any crimes from occurring, and if, by some miracle, they actually solve a crime, be sure it is the exception, NOT the rule. Doubt this? Just read "Savage Love" by the Miami New Times for details about how the Chalk-lines failed to solve a murder, while the sister of the victim was able to gather sufficient evidence to support chargers by those apparently involved with the crime. Mr. Synder is correct, we do need public libraries, but not people in highly-paid positions basically doing nothing of value, and at present, Miami-Dade County boast plenty of such positions. Doubt this? Then have a look at the County's transparency-in-government web portal for the details.

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

their their....dammit their as in possession, ownership....not there as in location ....gat damb

Al Arias
Al Arias

A couple of questions: How much of a cut in special privileges are the commissioners taking ? Are police officers still going to be allowed to take vehicles home and have us pay for there gas ? What if the police started to turn off there cars at a scene - how much would that save us on gas ?? There's a lot of "county" employees that don't produce much for that they do or produce - so rather than cut - analyze what you don't need and suddenly you'll have a surplus !!! I could go on and on - but nobody cares so why bother !!! Thank god for term limits

Ron E. Chits
Ron E. Chits

99.9% of them aint shit....don't do shit....won't be shit

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Libraries are the universities of the poor. It's a place where anyone can go to gain and seek knowledge. Shame on Dade county

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Dade is so fat with high paying, do nothing, duplicative positions.

Adrian Popescu
Adrian Popescu

Shame on ppl we elect ! Careful next time we still the opportunity to vote !

Giancarlo Federico
Giancarlo Federico

More ignorance...more crime...these are the leader we elect. SHAME ON THESE PPL.

Sean O'Hanlon
Sean O'Hanlon

There's no money for libraries and Miami Dade College (education) but there's money for sports and arts? And Miami wants to be the 'Tech Capital' of Latin America? Good luck with that.

Ana Maria Valdes
Ana Maria Valdes

Cut the police force?! Has he seen the movie Purge. It's going to become a reality if he cuts our police force!

Jacky Bravo
Jacky Bravo

This is ridiculous and it all shuffles down starting from the white house. Bad leadership all over the damn country! Hold on for your lives! The shit will hit the fan soon.

Danny Martinez
Danny Martinez

Of course raise taxes people get pissed which is fine. But are services that were forced to pay for down grade in quality. This is what happens when you have a monopoly on an industry bad services.

Brian Van Cleave
Brian Van Cleave

Totally. Miami doesn't need police! What major city needs a police force?

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Stupid ass! Screw the libraries and keep the police funds alive!

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez

Smh.. Save a few tax dollars by cutting PD.. Let's see crime go up now

Lisa Luckey-Acosta
Lisa Luckey-Acosta

Has anyone heard yet how much he has planned on cutting his salary by???And... What a great place to start the cuts-police and corrections- just what our county needs with criminals running amuck.

Gisselle Callejas
Gisselle Callejas

what a piece of shit. didn't he realize last year that the people of miami-dade do not want reductions to library services?

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

not everyone has internet. Those are the people that still use libraries. Libraries are more than just a place to read books.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ' "The public sucks. Elect me." Put the blame where it belongs: on the people.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpWrsEpWgrc

Hany Fawzy Attallah
Hany Fawzy Attallah

US 2016,,She is strong ;fair ,beautiful,hard,decisive,i mean Hillary Clinton;;but if go outside Israelis loop line can be disrupted,or injured,she like other US presidents free within frame not go out ;out is owned by people do underground work for USA ,,and Israelis,

orleans
orleans topcommenter

they need to eliminate the handouts to sports teams and stop outsourcing services to friendly companies that make fortunes with those favorable contracts. shame on the mayor, to cut jobs at libraries and police stations.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

WooooHooooo!

More Cronyism and entitlements combined with high taxes.

If Obama had proposed this you guys would have been in a Fap induced, euphoric coma!

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

How bout he cut his payroll instead?!? #whatadouche

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Keep the poor less educated and less safe and subsidize art for the rich. Sounds like a great plan!

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

Hmmm. And they wants us, the taxpayers, to fund the Pérez Art Museum Miami...no way!

Reydianno Augustave
Reydianno Augustave

~These eliminations include: 177 posts and 20 civilian positions in Corrections and Rehabilition, 228 sworn positions and 57 civilian positions in the police department, and 94 full-time positions in libraries.~ Awww, I thought we were going to have less cops... :( As for the libraries...uh..internet. We're on it right now. (y)

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


welcome to the banana republic nepotism that how you get a job in miami  just ask the city workers

 

"We don't have enough money for education, infrastructure, job training, disaster relief, healthcare war veterans etc. However, we seem to have unlimited resources to build  area for sport team aka ,Miami Heat, the Miami Marlin ,Adrienne Arsht Center,the tunnel to nowhere, Jungle Island and now  Perez Art Museum etc. Taxpayers always get screwed

realjunglekat
realjunglekat

The city and the county have no transparency on anything they do. 


If and when concerned citizens actually inquire (like I have) all they do is give the runaround and when people like me don't give up even after devoting uncounted hours of personal time to legally request information that is public and the city/county should quickly release, then they tell you in private, orally:  you are not the boss, I am and in this area what I say its done".. yes. I was told that by one of the commissioners of my area.

realjunglekat
realjunglekat

remember they want to keep people ignorant so they can get away with everything... Knowledge is power so they want to make sure we don't have any.


realjunglekat
realjunglekat

No Jacky, you have it backwards... it all starts in your own county, then your village, city, state, congress etc and last the white house.


Remember, we are the ones that  elected these politicians here at home and country wide. 


If we would have

a) done our homework before voting,  

b) actually gone to vote and

c) follow up with who we elected,


In other words... devote some of our personal time to civic duty.. attending important meetings of your county etc.. keeping a watchful eye for what is going on (for example the August 26 elections which has 3 super important items on the ballot.. 2 of them are being connived by our commissioners as we speak).... then the politicians would be kept under control but we don't do any of the above items.. we just either don't vote, don't study who we vote for and certainly don't follow up keeping a watchful eye on what they are doing.


Electing our representatives is the same as if we were a business owner and we have to look over the employees (the elected representatives) and down the ladder to the employees... 


Sadly, most people are too busy with their personal lives and don't realize if we want these politicians to act and enact what we want... we have to be involved.  Since no one is watching the politicians do what is best for them....




realjunglekat
realjunglekat

Im with you brother... we elected these people and even after they have been accused of fraud, comingling stealing etc. we elect them again.


Most young people don't vote too.  And the few that vote, don't do their homework.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Just like you huh?


Miami-Dade County Public School's budget and revenue does not come under the control of the Mayor or County commission. 

The Miami-Dade County School Board is a totally separate entity.

But of course you knew that because you make the effort to keep abreast of all issues and never forget to vote in an election......especially the ones for the School Board.


Keep bitching even though you have no f*cking clue.....The Left needs you vote.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Well at least he got a few things right.

Even though 228 Cops fired is way too little.

realjunglekat
realjunglekat

@DRAKEMALLARD.0  don't forget the soccer stadium


Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@DRAKEMALLARD.0 

You must of went to Public school!

FYI  Miami-Dade County Public School's budget and revenue does not come under the control of the Mayor or County commission.  They are a separate entity,

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Anthonyvop1 @DRAKEMALLARD.0 

gone.    "must have gone"   Your parents wasted their money it appears

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