Florida: Miami-Dade Considers Bringing Libraries to Parks in a Cost-Saving Move
From The Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade commissioners on Monday endorsed bringing libraries into county park buildings in an effort to ease the budget crunch facing the library system.
The commission’s Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee endorsed asking voters in November to rewrite the county charter to exempt libraries from use restrictions at county parks. The proposal now moves to the full commission, but committee members said they weren’t eager to loosen restrictions on parks.
Voters would need to approve any changes to the parks rules, which are covered under Article 7 of the county charter. The plan approved Monday would put an amendment on the November ballot allowing libraries in existing parks buildings.
Moving some libraries into recreational buildings surfaced as a way to save money in the face of a $20 million budget gap in the library department.
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