Did you know…

Miami-Dade County Public Libraries are poised to mark an end to four years of crippling budget cuts. When we began the struggle to save our libraries this summer, our libraries faced a $30 million budget shortfall and depleted reserves. By a vote of 9 to 4, County Commissioners preliminarily passed a tax rate on Sept. 4 that will generate enough money to fill that shortfall and then some. Although less than what we asked for, it marks a turnaround for our libraries with funding increases for new materials, programs, technology upgrades and expanded operating hours at some locations. It prevents further layoffs and provides a solid foundation to build upon.

The final passage of a $54 million library budget is:

Thursday, Sept. 18
5:01 p.m.
Government Center – 111 NW 1st Street, Miami

Join us in thanking Miami-Dade County Commissioners for their support an ask them to show their continued support with final passage of the proposed budget.


PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

A poll of 5,200 registered voters in 13 Commission districts conducted by Bendixen & Amandi for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Knight Foundation show overwhelming support for library funding and an opposition to further cuts.

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