MIAMI (CBS4) – About 300 Miami-Dade employees got the boot Monday as part of the county’s $6.14 billion budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
The budget, proposed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, reversed an unpopular property tax rate hike which led to a loss in the county’s revenue which led to the layoffs.
Fifty more layoffs are expected by the end of the week.
According to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald, Gimenez said the Labor unions have until November 1st to reach a new agreement or else more layoffs will happen. The county is seeking an 8 percent cut for the union workers while the unions want to cut costs by returning a 3 percent raise they were granted. Various unions have also been allowed to craft their own proposals for cutting county costs.
Monday’s pinks slips don’t mean those let go will be left jobless. Most county workers can try to fill vacant positions funded in the new budget or bump other workers from their positions.