MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Residents of Miami-Dade who have questions about Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed budget will be able ask them Tuesday evening at a Town Hall meeting.
The budget proposal calls for cuts in key programs, eliminating nearly 1,300 jobs and a cut in property taxes. Additionally, county employees will be asked to contribute an additional five percent of their salaries to cover the costs of health insurance, effectively becoming a salary cut to all county workers.
Gimenez is also proposing doing away with merit pay, cost of living increases, and longevity pay.
The mayor’s budget also ends a planned three percent raise for police officers and ending a step increase that would have raised cops’ pay. The unions are expected to take the cuts to court and then back to the commissioners who will then have to vote on the cuts.
The mayor said the cuts are need to close a projected budget shortfall of more than $400 million.
Gimenez’s Town Hall, which will be held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center on NE 59th Terrace, begins at 7 p.m.
The county’s commission will hold budget hearings for the public to voice their complaints on September 8th and 22nd. A final budget must be settled by October 1st.