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26, 2011

Suzy Trutie

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Hosts Business Roundtable Meeting

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez Hosts Business Roundtable Meeting

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez hosted 40 local business leaders at County Hall today to discuss his proposed budget and policy priorities for the upcoming year.  The Mayor also fielded questions from attendees during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session.

The session began with a presentation by Jennifer Glazer-Moon, Director of the County's Office of Office of Management and Budget, who outlined the Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget-in-brief.  Mayor Gimenez's budget seeks to address a $400 million funding gap, while fulfilling his pledges to the community: lowering property taxes, reducing the size of County government, and preserving vital public safety services, as well as programs for children and the elderly.

Furthermore, the Mayor views this year's budget as a two-year plan that, if adopted in full, would allow property tax rates to remain flat for the next fiscal year (2012-2013).  Additionally, it would prevent the need for additional service cuts and additional employee concessions.

"This budget aims to streamline County government, while maintaining vital services," said Mayor Gimenez.  "Now, more than ever, County Hall needs to forge positive partnerships with our business community and ensure that we are an asset - not an obstacle - to creating jobs and growing the economy."

Just last week, the County Commission supported the Mayor's proposal to roll the combined millage rate back to 2009-2010 levels.  As a result, County taxpayers can expect to see a notable reduction in their property tax rates.  The rollback represents $200 million in tax savings that business owners and residents can pump directly back into the local economy.

Roundtable Attendees