The new county budget
By Lazaro Gamio and Douglas Hanks
Published Tuesday, July 8
On Tuesday, July 8, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposed a $6.2 billion budget, and about $1 billion in debt payments. The budget proposes some cuts in department staffing, grants and other expenses, while a scattering of agencies and non-profits would see more dollars in 2015.
How the budget is split up
The chart below outlines nearly 100 budget items, sorted by category. Operations generally capture day-to-day expenses, while the construction-and-equipment category represents capital spending on one-time purchases or investments. Subsidies highlight the assistance the county offers some groups, from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts ($9 million) to the nearly $700,000 earmarked for the county's Mom-and-Pop business grants.