Florida: “Miami-Dade Taps New Library Director Amid Surge in Revenue”
From the Miami Herald:
Ray Baker, who spent 15 years in various county departments before joining the library system in 2015, was named interim library director Wednesday by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Baker will replace outgoing director Gia Arbogast, who is retiring in February after more than 30 years working for the county library system.
Arbogast took the top job in 2014 after her predecessor, Raymond Santiago, retired.
At the time of Sanitago’s retirement, the library was facing a budget crisis that was averted by a 64 percent increase in the property tax that funds the system. Combined with higher real estate values, the county’s library budget soared from $49 million in 2014 to $73 million this year, a nearly 50 percent increase.
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