Did you know…

Our library system was facing a $35 million budget next year after being crippled by four years of steep cutbacks and depleted reserves.

The Coalition to Save our Libraries fought for a $64 million budget, which was rejected by The Miami-Dade County Commission on July 15, 2014 in favor of a $54 million budget.

This will not restore many important services lost during four years of reductions, but it marks a new beginning — $54 million increases the materials budget, allows for technology upgrades, expands operating hours at some locations, prevents further layoffs, and provides a solid foundation on which to build upon.

But Commissioners have the option of reducing the increased library tax rate in September and wiping out our hard won victory. Public support is needed to make sure the $54 million budget for next year is finally adopted on Sept. 18 to secure a foundation for future growth that could one day restore our libraries to prior service levels that made it an award-winning system.

Remaining dates for public testimony:

  • Sept. 2, Town Hall Budget Meetings - For times and locations.
  • Sept. 4, 5 p.m. First reading of final budget
  • Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Second reading and final budget passage

The final three meetings will be held at Government Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Miami

 


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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