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For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre


County establishes system for residents to donate to desired services

2013-14 County budget maintains vital services with no tax increase

(MIAMI) – On Thursday, Sept. 19, at the second and final budget hearing, County Commissioners adopted a motion sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to establish a system for residents to make voluntary donations to specific County departments. The option to provide additional support for services that residents value most will be included in the County’s annual tax bill. Taxpayers who want to give more will have the opportunity to designate the particular area they would like to donate to – including libraries, animal services for the no kill initiative, fire-rescue, police or any service they choose. A trust fund will be established to receive the funds and will be audited to ensure all donations go toward the purposes for which they are designated.
“All we’re doing is creating a vehicle for people who want the option to give more, because we’ve heard people say they don’t mind paying more to support the services they care about the most, such as libraries or Fire-Rescue,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “Those who can’t afford to pay more don’t have to, but those who are able to give more are going to have this avenue to do so. It’s a win-win situation.”
The County’s fundraising efforts will be promoted on, as well as through public service announcements, digital newsletters, social media, ongoing event mailers and other venues.

Commissioners also adopted the County’s 2013-14 budget.
“I’m very happy that we were able to keep our libraries intact and maintain vital services for residents while keeping the tax rate flat,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “This budget confirms our commitment to the values that make Miami-Dade County a world-class community while acknowledging the need to live within our means.”
For more information, please call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.