Miami-Dade Votes to Keep All Libraries Open

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

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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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