It seems as though the Miami-Dade mayor and commission were playing a game of chicken. Nobody blinked, and the public lost. The budget and how to balance it is supposed to be a deliberative process. There was no real opportunity for public discussion, with only a one-day notice of the mayor’s change of mind on the loss of libraries and fire rescue. Instead the commission shoved a highly objectionable proposed budget and policy statement down the community’s throat. The people of Miami-Dade County are better than what this commission vote says of us. Shuttering a library, especially in a poor community, and losing fire protection harms us all.
This can be fixed on July 30 if seven commissioners attend the commission meeting and one of them who voted for the flat rate on July 16 moves to reconsider that vote. Then all seven must vote to raise the millage rate. We will then be able to continue to move forward to the future we envision for this county, rather than go backward, where the previous vote takes us.
Cindy Lerner, mayor, Pinecrest