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The Dade County Commission held its first public hearing on the FY2015 budget last Thursday with a small crowd in attendance.

The planned budget is slightly higher than the FY2014 budget but that budget was amended twice during the year to end at $11,448,100.

The FY2015 budget is $9,528,400 and will depend in large part on considerably more real property tax than last year.

The proposed budget calls for $4,113,100 in real property tax while last year’s budget called for $2,607,700 in real property tax.

The tax digest is not available yet but adjustments may be necessary after the digest is known.

Rex Harrison asked if the current budget eliminates furlough days and if it includes raises for county employees.

County Executive Ted Rumley said they will know more after the digest but as of now beginning in July there will be no more furlough days and county employees can expect a 2.5 percent raise. This does not include elected officials.

A few others asked questions about the budget including funding for the Joint Development Authority. The figure stays the same at $24,950. That comes out of the Economic Development money of $60,000.

Most departments are looking at a small reduction in funding while a few are seeing small increases.

The Dade County Sheriff’s Department will see an overall reduction of $20,350 while the Board of Elections will see an increase of just over $95,000.

The final reading and adoption of the FY15 Budget will be June 19 at 5 p.m. 

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