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Carlos Gimenez Cuts Spending Plans As He Guides County From A Strong Manager System To Act As A Strong Mayor

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Written by on August 4, 2011

In his first month in office, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is charged with balancing the county budget before fiscal 2011-2012 begins Oct. 1.

Running on a campaign that prioritized children, the elderly and public safety, the former Miami city manager and county commissioner pledged to lower the county’s combined tax rate to 2009-2010 levels without severe cuts to essential services.

"That’s what the people voted me into office for and was the reason my predecessor was recalled from office," Mr. Gimenez said. "I knew how to resolve that problem."

While the county commission agreed to cap the combined tax rate at 9.7405 mils, down from 11.0498 this year, it didn’t support Mr. Gimenez’s call to reduce the library’s tax rate. To keep area libraries open during a difficult budget year, the commission transferred some anticipated income from the county’s fire rescue district to its libraries.

"I wasn’t able to guarantee that it would not affect services," he said, "but I’m going to do my best to see that it doesn’t, at least at the street level."

Mr. Gimenez discussed how he plans to prepare for the commission’s September budget hearings and reduce government’s size at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center with Miami Today staff writer Ashley Hopkins.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2011 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src=’” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1″);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();

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