Our County budget is $10 BILLION and we should invest it in our community and our future. How it’s allocated every year determines how we prioritize and value different county services and the issues we are facing as young people: from transit to public safety to housing to climate resiliency. That’s why we’ve organized around the budget since 2018, asking for investments in affordable housing, climate action, campus early voting, and social services. We want Miami-Dade to invest in solutions and services that heal us instead of systems that harm us.
In order to shape what’s in the budget right now, we have to show up. This is your opportunity to get involved in the 2022-2023 budget cycle! Sign up to attend the upcoming in-person budget hearings with Engage Miami.
📅 Thursday, September 8, 2022 & Tuesday, September 20, 2022
🕐 5:00 PM
📍Stephen P Clark Government Center—111 NW 1st St, Miami, FL
In 2021, the County launched Thrive305—a county-wide effort seeking community input at a large scale to inform the County’s action plan and budget priorities. We knocked on doors and called residents to help community members complete a countywide survey answered by over 26,400 residents. We also participated in issue-based community discussions that were used to inform the action plan. Thrive305 is a great step in the right direction to involve community members more explicitly in determining how we address the issues most important to us.
We believe our budget should be determined by county residents through a process known as Participatory Budgeting. The current community input process is difficult for everyday people to participate in. In order to make it more democratic, we want to see Miami-Dade County set aside millions of dollars in our budget specifically for residents to directly propose projects to improve our communities and allow everyone to vote on which we want funded.
Proposed Budget 2022-2023
Our County budget document is nearly a thousand pages of pretty technical and dense language that can be difficult to read and understand. So every year, we study and research the budget with members and partners to pull out important information to share with the community.
In this year’s proposed budget, we’re seeing investments in public transit, with 6.6 miles of new bus lanes, 180 new bus shelters, and improved bike lanes; more money going towards affordable housing, with an emphasis on transit oriented development and expansion of the Office of Housing Advocacy; and investments in the environment with upgrades to sewer infrastructure and building more tree canopy.
We put together data visualizations to help you get a fuller picture of what’s in the budget: overall funding broken down by strategic areas and departments, changes in allocations from last year, and a comparison tool you can toggle to see different departments.