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Police, Libraries And Parks Among County Departments To See Cuts In 2015

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Douglas Hanks
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Miami Herald

Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

Public libraries have also been in the cross-hairs for several months. Under the budget, libraries would remain open but with far fewer full-time librarians.

County parks will also see a reduction in dozens of jobs.

Next week, Miami-Dade County commissioners will set the maximum property tax rate. Then, they will consider the $6.2 billion proposal. It goes to a final vote in September.

The next budget year begins in October.