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Miami-Dade County Commission Approves $54 Million For Public Libraries

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Jessica Meszaros
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WLRN

The Miami-Dade County commission voted eight-to-four to approve a $54 million budget for the county's public libraries Thursday night.

Terry Murphy, board member with Friends of the Library, says it was an 81-percent increase from what Mayor Carlos Gimenez first proposed in July.

"This is a real symbolic victory that says when the community speaks out and says what the priorities are, the county commission listens," he said. "This was a tremendous victory for the people of Dade County tonight."

Ricci Yuhico is a librarian at Miami Main Library in downtown. She's excited about the increased budget, but says there's still work to be done.

"We wanted a lot more -- at least $10 million more to undo the cuts that occurred from 2011," said Yuhico. "But it's a great start and a step in the right direction."