TELL MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: PUT SUSTAINABILITY FIRST!
FY 2021-2022 County Budget
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is presenting her budget request to the County Commissioners. Our County budget is a direct reflection of our priorities as a community. There are a lot of important issues deserving funding, and we’re asking you to take action to let the Board of County Commissioners know you want a resilient and sustainable Miami-Dade County!
You can make your voice heard by telling the Commission what matters most to you! On September 14th at 5 pm, the Board of County Commissioners will convene on the budget. You can make a 2-minute public comment before the board.
Just show up at Commission Chambers, 111 NW 1st Street and fill out a speaker card. They will call your name to give your comment before the board. Start by giving your name and address and then you can use our talking points below or create your own:
As a resident in Miami-Dade County, I urge you to support budget priority areas regarding Miami-Dade County's resilience and sustainability. A budget is a reflection of our community's priorities, and I support the Mayor's budget request.
Clean water is what makes Miami, Miami. And Biscayne Bay is the jewel of our community. Overall, the Bay contributes approximately $12.7 billion in economic output, supported 137,600 jobs, and generated $627 million in tax revenue to Miami-Dade County (according to a 2005 Hazen and Sawyer report). But the Bay is also at a tipping point, as evidenced by last summer’s fish kill event, and the County must invest resources to save it from decline.
Therefore, I support:
-Increased investments in our water and sewer infrastructure, including fixing aging and cracked sewer pipes
-Transitioning our over 100,000 septic tanks to our sewer system
-Increased funding for DERM to investigate and stop pollution and to collect key data about our water quality
-Continued funding for the Chief Bay Officer, the Chief Resilience Officer, and Chief Heat Officer and additional staff to assist them in their mandates
-Protecting and increasing our tree canopy, especially mangrove forests
-Implementing widespread stormwater retrofits to make us more resilient to sea level rise and to clean our water
-Protecting public lands and open spaces through the Environmentally Endangered Lands program
-Using sustainable best management practices to avoid chemical use that harms the environment and public health
-Improving water quality in Biscayne Bay to address and prevent fish kills
Please RSVP below to let us know that you will be there too, demanding that your money is used for a sustainable and clean Miami.
Make Your Voice Heard
If you cannot attend the meeting, you can join our Phone2Action to send an email to the commissioners HERE.
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Click here to read a summary of all proposed budget items.