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Mayor's Week in Review

This week we kicked off a series of town hall meetings to obtain feedback and answer questions on our proposed FY 2014-15 budget. Week in Review: August 11, 2014 - August 15, 2014

This week we kicked off a series of town hall meetings to obtain feedback and answer questions on our proposed FY 2014-15 budget. Per Miami-Dade County Ordinance, the Mayor hosts six Town Hall Meetings on the budget prior to final commission approval. The County is among the top 10 largest in terms of population in the nation. Our government is responsible for providing services ranging from public safety and animal control to aviation and water and sewer. We do this with a dedicated team of over 25,000 public servants and a total budget of nearly $6.2 billion. One of my administration’s top priorities has been to make our government more fiscally responsible, to seek efficiencies and transform the way we deliver services. The proposed budget reflects this philosophy. It also sets us on a solid foundation for sustainability in that it’s the first proposed budget in a decade that does not rely on one-time revenues to support operations and presents the basis for a balanced five-year forecast.

August 15, 2014

Social Media Town Hall Meetings

On Wednesday, I held two Town Hall Meetings using Facebook and Twitter to engage in discussions about the budget with our residents. This is just one more example of how my administration is using social media to interact with our increasingly connected community. By webcasting and answering questions about the budget live on Facebook and Twitter, I was able to communicate directly with residents who shared their ideas and concerns on the County’s proposed budget. Through these efforts, we were able to reach approximately 250,000 people. 

On Thursday, we kicked off the first of six face-to-face Budget Town Hall Meetings at the City of Aventura Commission Chambers. Approximately 50 residents attended and we fielded questions on a wide range of topics. One of the main concerns expressed by participants was the possible reduction in police personnel.

Let me state again: I am committed to fighting to keep all police officers. Keeping our families and neighborhoods safe has always been a top priority of mine since I took office. I have been very clear in that patrol levels will remain the same, regardless of the outcome of our negotiations with the Police Benevolent Association. The number of police officers protecting our streets will not decrease, and response times for emergencies will not change even in the event that our negotiations are unsuccessful.

We also discussed our efforts to redesign our healthcare plan to achieve approximately $50 million in savings for the County. The majority of current doctors and hospitals are included, but if for some reason an employee does not want to choose the Select Network, the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Point of Service (POS) health plans would still be available.

Finally, we ended the week with a visit to the Sisters and Brothers Forever Activities and Nutritional Center for the Elderly on Friday. I always enjoy spending time with our senior residents and sharing with them all of the programs and activities we are working on to make their golden years even better. I invite you to learn more about my Mayor’s Initiative on Aging which provides resources and information on programs and activities for seniors throughout the County.

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