City of Miami commissioners will give final approval to a budget for the new fiscal year today.
Three out of five commissioners gave preliminary approval to a $524 million budget that would slightly trim the property tax rate to $8.43 per $1,000 of property value and would avoid cuts for most city departments.
The two commissioners who voted against the preliminary budget, Francis Suarez and Marc Sarnoff, believed the spending plan did not adequately address the much-maligned Miami Police Department.
The city manager says enough money was scrounged up to hire ten police officers. But many residents, along with Suarez and Sarnoff, are pushing for many more new cops, pointing to statistics that show Miami has one of the lowest officer-to-resident ratios among major U.S. cities.
Meanwhile, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police has been scrapping with the city for years as they've seen their salaries, wage raises, and benefits slashed. Current officers are asking the city to allocate $6.5 million to restore some of those raises and benefits.
The commission meeting begins at 9 AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami.