Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions from reporters after he unveiled the 2018 budget. It includes some spending cuts to prepare for a rise in homestead exemptions Florida voters will almost certainly approve next year. Combined with disappointing collections on sales and hotel taxes it's a budget with more austerity measures than Florida's most populous county has had to deal with in recent years.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions from reporters after he unveiled the 2018 budget. It includes some spending cuts to prepare for a rise in homestead exemptions Florida voters will almost certainly approve next year. Combined with disappointing collections on sales and hotel taxes it's a budget with more austerity measures than Florida's most populous county has had to deal with in recent years. Jose A. Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez answers questions from reporters after he unveiled the 2018 budget. It includes some spending cuts to prepare for a rise in homestead exemptions Florida voters will almost certainly approve next year. Combined with disappointing collections on sales and hotel taxes it's a budget with more austerity measures than Florida's most populous county has had to deal with in recent years. Jose A. Iglesias jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

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Columnist Fabiola Santiago was born in Cuba. She was exiled to the U.S. in 1969 on one of the historic Freedom Flights. She has been a Herald reporter, editor and opinion writer since 1980.