Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Miami-Dade County releases list of public libraries, fire-rescue units on budget-chopping block

At the request of Miami-Dade commissioners, county administrators released on Tuesday morning a list of the 22 public libraries and six fire-rescue units that would be shut down under Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s latest budget proposal.

Gimenez reversed course late Monday on a property-tax rate hike that would have maintained library and fire services. Instead, he recommended that commissioners keep the tax rate flat and slash services.

“After listening further to our residents and community leaders, it is clear that there is no public support for a tax-rate increase right now,” he told the commission Tuesday. “We will continue to work to try to reduce those impacts.”

In addition to the library and fire-rescue unit closures, 400 county employees would be laid off under Gimenez’s worst-case scenario — 251 of them from libraries and 149 from fire rescue.

The list of 22 libraries includes one regional facility, the West Kendall Regional Library. The six fire-rescue units comprise three rescue trucks, two fire engines and a fire “platform,” meaning a truck with a ladder.
The three rescue trucks are located in Eastern Shores/North Miami Beach, Cutler Bay/Coconut Palm and Homestead/Florida City. The two fire engines are in North Bay Village and Goulds. The fire truck with a ladder is in Haulover.

The 22 libraries are: California Club, Opa-locka, Golden Glades, Civic Center Kiosk, Lemon City, Little River, Model City, Culmer, North Shore, Shenandoah, South Shore, Fairlawn, Virrick Park, Country Walk, Concord, Sunset, Lakes of the Meadows, Tamiami, West Kendall Regional, Doral, Hialeah Gardens and Palm Springs North.

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