Payroll outpaces new service

This chart shows how he payroll at Miami-Dade Transit rose faster than the service provided since voters approved a new half-cent sales tax in November 2002. The gap grows in late 2005 and early 2006 because the agency started cutting service and eliminating jobs, but the payroll continued to rise.

SOURCES: Miami-Dade Transit employment reports; Miami-Dade payroll records, and Miami Herald research.

Secret deals

CREDIT: The Miami Herald