MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – The end of June marks the final day of work for 123 workers with the South Florida Water Management District. The employees accepted buy-outs instead of facing firings next month.
The firings, and the buyouts, were sparked by Governor Rick Scott’s decision to gut the funding for water management districts in order to deliver a promised tax cut. The cuts amounted to a 30 percent reduction in property taxes that the district can collect.
The August firings will impact at least 100 more workers, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The firings will be part of the District’s strategy to cover a $128.3 million shortfall from its $1.1 billion budget.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, 27 percent of the positions that accepted buy-outs earned more than $100,000.