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How To Participate In South Florida's Upcoming Budget Hearings

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Douglas Hanks
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MIAMI HERALD
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez discussing a previous budget proposal.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hovered over just about every aspect of our lives and our local economy for the past six months.

But the pandemic hasn’t stopped things like elections from happening, and it won’t stop county commissions from discussing the budget for the upcoming 2021 fiscal year.

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Budget hearings will still happen twice before cities and county governments finalize their budgets at the end of the month but things will look a bit different as these meetings are hosted online. Officials will have to grapple with budget deficits due to unplanned expenses and lost revenue, and Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations bring new attention to how funds are allocated to things like police departments, housing solutions and social services.

With all that in mind, we wanted to round up information on when budget hearings are happening across South Florida, how you can learn more about budget proposals, and participate in the budget process.

BROWARD

Budget hearing #1: Sept. 10 - 5:01 p.m.

Budget hearing #2: Sept. 22 - 5:01 p.m.

See the county’s budget proposal here.

Learn more about how to participate in Broward County’s budget hearings here.

MIAMI-DADE

Budget hearing #1: Sept. 3 - 5:01 p.m.

Budget hearing #2: Sept. 17 - 5:01 p.m.

See the county’s budget proposal here.

Learn more about how to participate in Miami-Dade County’s budget hearings here.

MONROE

Budget hearing #1: Sept. 3 - 5:05 p.m.

Budget hearing #2: Sept. 16 - 5:05 p.m.

See the county’s budget proposal here.

Learn more about how to participate in Monroe County’s budget hearings here.

PALM BEACH

Budget hearing #1: Sept. 3 - 6 p.m.

Budget hearing #2: Sept. 15 - 6 p.m.

See the county’s budget proposal here.

Learn more about how to participate in Palm Beach County’s budget hearings here.