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Mayor's Week in Review
Week in Review: July 14, 2014 - July 18, 2014
We began this week with a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to set millage rates for the upcoming fiscal year. Each year, I propose rates that are voted on by our Board of County Commissioners. After hundreds of our residents spoke, the Board adopted three of my four recommended millage rates. There was a slight increase in the rate for libraries. My administration and I look forward to continuing to work with commissioners, department directors and union leaders to craft a sustainable budget that increases efficiency in our government without raising overall tax rates.
I want to note that my proposed budget is the first in a decade that does not utilize one-time revenues to support operations and serves as the basis for a balanced five-year forecast. It does, however, present a worst case scenario with painful cuts and service reductions that are a result of increased personnel costs. My administration will continue to negotiate with our unions in an effort to continue employee concessions so we can avoid layoffs and service cuts. I will also be seeking ways to reduce our healthcare costs by approximately 15 percent. I want to be clear though. I am not asking for 15 percent more from employees. Instead, my goal is to redesign our health plan in order to save 15 percent while maintaining a high quality health plan for employees.
I invite you to read my Op-Ed in Sunday’s Miami Herald that further explains my position on this year’s budget.
Over the next few weeks, I will be hosting town hall meetings on the budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, throughout the county. We will also be hosting a Twitter chat and Facebook town hall. More information will be made available in the coming weeks via my website.
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