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UPDATE: Miami-Dade Budget Includes More Than 600 Job Cuts

 
UPDATE: Miami-Dade Budget Includes More Than 600 Job Cuts
Posted July 8th, 2014 @ 1:00pm

UPDATE 7/8 1:30pm

Without concessions, Miami-Dade county will have to cut more than 600 jobs.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the budget has a $64-million gap. but he says hew won't close it by raising resident taxes.

Gimenez says that could mean the loss of more than 200 positions within the police department.

The budget proposal also includes an increase in MetroRail and MetroBus fares and a cut back in hours for ZooMiami.

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Miami-Dade County employees are bracing themselves for what could be a budget proposal filled with layoffs.

Mayor Gimenez unveiling his plan to fill a $65-million budget gap in 2015 that could include up to 800 county employee layoffs.

Gimenez spokesperson Mike Hernandez says layoffs can be avoided if the unions come to the bargaining table.

"The mayor would like to have concessions from the union so they could re-design the county health plan," adds Hernandez, "and identify about 15% savings in that health plan."

Those savings wouldn't entirely fill the budget shortfall, but would narrow it down to about $18 Million.

The Mayor is also expected to address a request by the Perez Art Museum for $2.5 Million to fill its own budget woes.

Hernandez says county libraries are expected to remain open with same number of hours, but layoffs could also affect some branches.

To learn how to watch the Mayor's budget unveiling conference, click here.

(Photo: Joe Raedle / 2013 Getty Images)

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