By Stephanie M. Womble, Stephanie@dcpba.org
Imagine sitting down to prepare your budget and allocating dollars into categories that weren’t imperative to your well-being or the safety and survival of your family, yet instead hoping that a windfall from the generosity of people who don’t trust or like you, would miraculously happen overnight to save the day and bail you out. That’s apparently what Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez decided to do when he prepared his proposed budget. What the mayor has proposed and calls his “worst case” budget and “not the budget he wants,” proposes a situation where officers who are already working dangerously short staffed will continue to do so with fewer detectives making arrests. If public safety isn’t reprioritized within the budget, there is no question that services will suffer. It will be impossible to maintain an adequate level of safety when there is no one left to respond to citizen’s needs.