Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Xavier L. Suarez, endorses $64 million budget for the library system, supporting the resolution of the Miami-Dade Public Library Advisory Board
(MIAMI, FL) — I am pleased to announce that I will be supporting the resolution of the Miami-Dade Public Library Advisory Board – in favor of restoring a full service budget to our library system.
The most important elements of the resolution are:
1) A restoration of the children’s book budget from less than $100,000 to $1,250,000.
2) Library hours that will allow our citizens to have access during weekends and after work.
3) Library equipment at a budgetary level compatible with new technological needs (e-books, CDs, educational videos).
To accomplish these goals, and to restore the Miami-Dade Public Library System at least partially back to its glory days, the millage rate would have to be increased by approximately 1.7 mills. This is equivalent to about $17 for each $100,000 of taxable value. In effect, for the average home appraised at $150,000, with a $25,000 homestead exemption, this would be $21.25 per year.
Please understand that contrary to pronouncements made in the last two budget years, we have not “held the line” on this particular tax district whose revenues are strictly earmarked for library services. Instead we have reduced the millage rate from a high of 0.48 mills before the recession to its current level of 0.17 mills. As anyone can calculate, that is effectively reducing to 1/3 the staffing and equipment of this very important governmental service.