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
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.
BLOG: SHARING NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES
- Public libraries save lives says Carlos Eire, author of “Waiting for Snow in Havana” and “Learning to Die in Miami”.
- Commissioner Barbara Jordan says library supporters have proven that community activism still works.
- Funds to buy children’s books would triple under new Miami-Dade library budget
- Libraries become an oasis for a city in turmoil
- Increased operating hours may be in the library’s future if the $54 million budget is finalized
- Historian Arva Moore Parks brings the little known jewels of our Library to light
- John Quick, President of Friends and a Coalition leader, explains why the preliminary tax rate must survive and clarifies discussion on the Commission dais regarding the Coalition’s original $64 million budget request.
- Jim Defede calls Miami Herald journalists the Bogie and Bacall of government reporting. Watch their most recent take on the budget scenario.