Miami-Dade Mayor’s Budget Has More Cash For Tutors, Libraries And Seaweed Cleanup On Beaches

Jul 10, 2019

Miami-Dade’s preliminary 2020 budget plans on longer library hours, beefed-up homework tutoring and a new beach debris crew to tackle a deluge of seaweed on the county’s coastlines.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the proposed $8.9 billion spending plan Tuesday, touting a budget that keeps most property-tax rates flat but projects a wave of revenue shortfalls in the coming years. It will be the final full budget under Gimenez’s tenure as mayor, since the term-limited incumbent is set to leave office in November 2020.

“Since I took office, we have spent within our means,” said Gimenez, whose first budget rolled back an increase in property-tax rates that helped oust his predecessor, Carlos Alvarez, in a 2011 countywide recall. “We are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

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