Miami-Dade Votes to Keep All Libraries Open

Commissioners say workers won't be laid off and hours won't be cut either

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013  |  Updated 9:18 AM EDT
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Residents Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez got an earful from county residents about his proposed budget cuts Tuesday. Firefighters union President Rowland Taylor and library supporter Patricia Martinez discussed them.

Miami-Dade Firefighters Protest Fire Station Staffing Cutbacks

Firefighters say the rolling brownout, which they say will result in up to 11 units being being out of service on any given day, could lead to unacceptable life and death issues. Rowan Taylor, the union president, discussed the issue, as did Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
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Libraries in Miami-Dade County won't be closing and 169 workers won't be laid off thanks to an early-morning vote by commissioners.
 
During a meeting that began Tuesday afternoon, the Miami-Dade Commission also decided early Wednesday that library hours won't be slashed either.

 
The Miami-Herald reports the decision to keep funding for the county's 49 libraries at the same level as this year will create a $20 million budget deficit next year.
 
Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned against using the reserve funding. He says unless the county overhauls the way it funds and runs the libraries, they'll have to cut services or raise property tax next year.

 
Commissioners voted 8-4 in favor of using the $7.8 million in library reserves.

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