Eight Miami-Dade commissioners voted to restore the 5 percent that 26,000 county employees contributed to healthcare coverage, in addition to what they already pay for healthcare. Also, the employees have had to take eight furlough days a year, and merit raises were frozen for two years.
Why does the solution to the budget fall on these employees? The economy affected their families, too. Mayor Carlos Gimenez arrogantly said that the commissioners were not thinking of the people of Miami-Dade, and only this group of employees.
Commissioner Lynda Bell, who voted against restoring their pay, said that there is no doubt that taxes would be raised. Do it. Raise taxes. Every resident in Miami-Dade County should share the burden of restoring the budget. The dollar amount per household in taxes raised would not even come close to what the 26,000 employees have had repeatedly taken out of their pay. Choosing who sacrifices must be a daunting task, but be fair about it.
Kerri S. Rickert, Miami