Message From Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Delivering Excellent Public Services That Address The Community’s Needs And Enhance Our Quality Of Life.
Fellow Residents of Miami-Dade County:
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As our community moves forward into 2013, the state of Miami-Dade County continues to improve and our shared sense of optimism for the future grows with each passing day, buoyed by an economy that is showing modest, but steady growth. Following a year defined by difficult decisions at County Hall, we are aggressively implementing the good-government reforms that will put this organization on a path to long term sustainability and effectiveness.
For the second consecutive year, my administration proposed – and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners adopted – a budget that reduced your property tax rates by two percent on top of the 12 percent reduction from the previous year. It is a responsible budget that reflects the reality in our community: the need to leave money in the hands our residents balanced by the need to provide vital public services, from programs for seniors and children to the clean drinking water that we all depend on.
The time has come for us to fulfill our potential as a dynamic global community that stands out on the world stage. Miami-Dade County must become a place that’s known as much for its diverse economy as its diverse people. We have all the necessary elements to become a global center for trade and commerce, led by our top two economic engines: Miami International Airport (MIA), a world-class airport with an estimated $26.7 billion annual economic impact to our community and 282,000 jobs, plus PortMiami, a globally acclaimed facility with an $18 billion annual economic impact and 180,000 jobs. The investments we have made – and continue to make – in these two critical facilities will further solidify Miami-Dade County’s place as a global leader in international trade and commerce and allow for the continued growth of our tourism industry.
While we continue to position our community as a place where people want to visit, our first priority remains to make our community a place where people want to permanently build their lives, raise families, and grow their businesses. To that end, we continue to focus on neighborhood, municipal, and transit services, with enhanced programs in waste-management, recycling, water quality and conservation, beach monitoring programs, library programs for children and adults, a wide array of parks and recreation programs, and the development of a world-class transit system. We’re also making a major investment in public safety with the addition of two new classes for both our Police and our Fire-Rescue Departments. Finally, Miami-Dade County is encouraging a rising class of tech-savvy entrepreneurs that are working closely with our community’s network of schools, colleges, and universities to keep our best and brightest students in Miami-Dade and help grow our future economy.
Essential to Miami-Dade County’s emergence as an attractive global community are our arts and cultural programs. Art Basel Miami Beach has now become the world’s biggest annual art show, an event that brings both positive worldwide attention and an economic boost to our community. This art show casts an international spotlight on the hundreds of outstanding Miami-Dade based arts, recreational, and cultural institutions and programs that we are helping to develop. Year-round, these entertaining and educational events provide all segments of our community with opportunities to enjoy the energy and wonder of live theater, music, dance, and exhibitions. Taken together, these initiatives are quickly establishing our community as a globally recognized center for the arts.
With the strong commitment shown by our Board of County Commissioners to move our county forward and given the exciting developments of the past year, we are on the verge of an exciting new chapter in our shared history. As your mayor, I am committed to leading our community towards brighter days by delivering an honest, transparent, and competent government that you can be proud of. You deserve nothing less, and I ask that you hold me to that promise.
Carlos A. Gimenez
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