Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez expected to announce job cuts

Miami-Dade County expected to cut about 700 jobs


MIAMI Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is set to release the 2015 budget Tuesday.

During the 12 p.m. press conference, Gimenez is expected to announce hundreds of job cuts. County employees were also expecting cuts in pay, benefits and services.

Gimenez made several promises during his 2011 campaign including a 12 percent property tax cut, which has contributed to a deficit.  Gimenez was set to reduce the special property tax and increase the library property tax.

While some fear the cuts will end up hurting residents, others believe some Miami-Dade County employees are overpaid and Gimenez needs to keep a better eye on mismanagement.

Earlier this year, Local 10 News reporter Ross Palombo reported tens of millions of dollars were dealt out to Miami-Dade County employees who were not working their assigned jobs. Gimenez had approved some of the expense.

Palombo also reported Miami-Dade County was using tax payers money to fund holiday season party videos that included the use of songs like "Gangnam Style" since 2010.  The videos were meant to be a "team-building" exercise.