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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed $6.3 billion budget proposal is set for a final vote on Thursday at 5 p.m. at county hall. A marathon meeting is expected as commissioners decide on key cuts to programs to make up for several budget shortfalls in various county departments, including transit operations, which was left with a $7.6 million deficit after commissioners voted against a fare hike in Metrorail and Metrobus services.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has vowed to make “body cameras” mandatory for all county police officers as protests continue nationwide over the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Blacks impacted by county budget proposal
The first of several hearings on Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget took place Tuesday as commissioners debated whether to raise property taxes to prevent cuts in libraries, programs and other critical services that impact the Black community.
Majority approve use of reserves in order to balance budget
Miami-Dade County [M-DC] commissioners participated in a marathon public hearing last week as hundreds of concerned citizens addressed issues including library, fire department and waste management services — all viewed by the public as essential to the well-being of County residents
Will Blacks bear the brunt of layoffs?
It’s hard to tell exactly what version of the 2013-2014 budget Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will submit to the county commission when a final vote is held next month. Several weeks ago, the Mayor indicated that he would raise taxes in order to balance the budget and maintain services for the county. But when citizens and the commission railed against an increase in the property-tax rate, Gimenez backed down and recommended a flat tax rate.
Poor neighborhoods among hardest hit
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has taken an about-face when it comes to first raising taxes and then leaving them as they are. But in order to make sure the budget is balanced, and without raising the property-tax rate, the County will have to make cuts in services.