On Friday, Mayor Gimenez announced that he would not veto the millage cap set by Commissioners on July 15.
This slight increase in the Library tax will allow the Library to operate at status quo, yet not provide for improvements that have been desperately needed since the drastic cuts that have happened in 2011. To serve a population of over 2 million, of over 2000+ square miles, with 49 branches, a .248 millage cap still underfunds the Library system.
However, there is no doubt that the outpouring of voices and individuals that descended on County Hall both in September 2013, and this year in July, ensured that our Elected Officials understand that slashing the Library budget again will mean dire consequences.
As we look forward, we must ensure that out Commissioners do not back down on their words from two weeks ago.
What was set on July 15 was a cap -- ensuring now that the Commissioners cannot raise millage rates any more, but yet providing them with the opportunity to still cut the rates by September 18 when they convene once again.
We must stand strong and continue to advocate for no further cuts to our libraries.
Any decrease to the millage rate in September would all but ensure severe cuts in FY2015-2016.
Our Commissioners must continue to hear our voices -- and we have numerous opportunities to make this happen!
- Write or call -- or tweet! -- your Commissioner, thanking them for their support of libraries, and asking them to hold the line on the increased rate.
- Attend 6 TBA Town Hall Meetings around Miami Dade County, which will focus on the County Budget
- Save the Date for September 6, the Commissioners' First Reading of the Final Budget.
- To help spread the word, please consider a contribution to this political action committee so that we may print out awareness flyers, ads, and more.
Together -- we can ensure our Libraries remain the heart of the community for now and the years to come.