Miami-Dade County Halts Plans to Close Clerks Offices

Thanks to a $2 million savings in Harvey Ruvin’s budget, county clerks offices will remain open for now.

8/31/17
shirley@llprocess.com

The budget cuts imposed by the State of Florida were the cause of the problem. Lower allocations were being made to clerks offices statewide, putting pressure on both commissioners and Harvey Ruvin to come up with a solution. Harvey applied even more pressure by scheduling the office closings and job cuts to take effect the morning after the Miami-Dade Commissioner Board was scheduled to give a preliminary approval of Miami-Dade County’s $7.4 billion budget.

Photo courtesy of www.miami-dadeclerk.com

In the end, it was announced that they had found the monies necessary to keep the offices afloat, along with all the jobs. The clerks office now has an additional $2 million to spend for the first six months of the budget year beginning October 1st.

“We were able to find some money”, Ruvin said. There were monies in the county budget for us that we weren’t going to use this year.”

The extra money represents a portion of the $20 million Miami-Dade earmarked for Ruvin’s 900-person office in 2017. His office, which relies on filing fees, tickets, and fines for the bulk of fits funding, “informed me (Ruvin of it only a couple days ago”. The state of Florida has withheld a larger share of it’s revenue stream, which provoked Ruvin to implement austerity measures throughout the year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Ruvin said they would lobby Tallahassee for replacement funds in 2018.

“It puts the focus where it needs to be,” said Gimenez. “Which is the state of Florida.”