July 16, 2015
Another win for your libraries for FY'15'-16, with nearly a $7 million increase in revenue to improve upon hours, collection, facility maintenance -- and much more.
The past three years of advocacy have led up to this moment.
On July 14, in the BCC, while the libraries were not front and center (constituents had protested and came in huge numbers to fight the good fight for Pets and for fair development of the Miami World Center in Overtown), our community efforts to support and invigorate the library system was evident when each and every commissioner mentioned it! Commissioner Barbara Jordan and newly elected Commissioner Levine-Cava, avid supporters of the library, even commented that the library should have more funding to make the library itself whole again.
Thank you for your continued support, library lovers, and stay tuned for more updates as we move forward in our advocacy.
July 7, 2015
After nearly three years of fighting and fighting for recognition for the library budget -- things look to be on the upswing!
Via the Miami Herald: "Buoyed by an extra $122 million in property taxes, the 2016 spending plan breaks from the austerity themes that have defined Gimenez budgets since he came to office four years ago on a pledge to cut taxes. Facing reelection next year, his $6.8 billion budget highlights increased services and expanded hiring without any increase in property-tax rates, and even a planned hike in the debt tax has been scrapped for 2016, according to a copy of the three-volume budget."
From the increase in the tax roll, the Library will see a boost of $7 million in our current budget, while leaving the millage rate flat.
Some highlighted improved services to look forward to after October with the increase in the budget:
- Increasing 10 branch libraries from a 5-day per week service schedule to six days. The branches proposed are California Club, Coral Reef, Country Walk, Golden Glades, Hispanic, Homestead, International Mall, Kendall, Little River, and Pinecrest.
- Increasing the collections/materials budget from $3 million in the current year to $4 million in the coming fiscal year.
- 27 new full-time and 9 part-time Librarian positions are proposed to be hired to ensure proper staffing and service levels for the expanded hours and increased materials budget mentioned above.
- Rebuilding our contingency reserves, including a $1.4 million emergency reserve and a $200,000 grant match reserve.
- Increased funding for facility maintenance (aging buildings, broken down A/Cs, and more...)
Thank you for your continued support library lovers!
Now is the time to rally and join us on July 14 to encourage the Commissioners to support this budget!
Are you in?
CALM, Community Advocates for Libraries in Miami: A Political Action Committee and open group for all supporters of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Our Mission is to be the collective proponents of full-funding for our Libraries so that they may be maintained and improved upon for the years to come.
49 library branches plus 2 bookmobiles serve the entire Miami-Dade County, and welcome all visitors through their doors--including over 7 million in 2012.
It is the belief of CALM that the Miami-Dade Public Libraries are not simply a hub of information and technology; our Libraries are the heart of our community, and our staff are the heart within them. Our Libraries provide access to culture, recreation, education, and encourage lifelong learning in all people.