For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2011

Media Contact:
Ivonne Pérez Suárez


Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to propose line item format in annual County budget report for further transparency

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Sosa will be presenting a resolution before the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, January 20, 2011 that would require Miami-Dade’s annual budget to be proposed, considered, and adopted in a line item format.  

While the current budget format complies with state and local laws, Sosa feels a line item budget format would allow the Board, as well as the community at large, to better understand exactly how tax dollars and other government revenues are spent. In the commissioner’s resolution, she proposes each budget item would include the last completed fiscal year unaudited actual amount, the current year budgeted amount, and the proposed amount for the upcoming fiscal year, along with amount and percentage changes from the prior years.

“In order to have a meaningful discussion about how taxpayer money will be spent, the Board must have access to the complete, detailed, and straightforward budget information that a line-item budget would provide,” said Commissioner Sosa.  “A line item format would give detailed information about all major individual financial items for each department, office, division or other unit of County government. Without a transparent line item budget, it’s difficult for residents to know how public money is being spent and whether that spending reflects their priorities.”

For more information, please contact the office of Commissioner Rebeca Sosa at 305-267-6377.


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