Budget Cuts in Miami-Dade Hit Local Arts and Cultural Nonprofits Hard

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Lightning in Miami-Dade

September 16, 2014; Miami Herald Blog

Another example of the importance of nonprofits developing and maintaining good relationships with local elected officials, this time from the Miami area. Failure to do so often hits community-based charities directly in the pocketbook.

The Miami Herald’s blog reports that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez has backed off a string of proposed budget cuts, but subsidies for cultural institutions remain a battleground.

The Miami Children’s Museum told county commissioners this week that it objected to a proposed cut in its public funding from $750,000 to $635,000: “I am not suggesting that any other organization’s…funding…be touched on behalf of the Miami Children’s Museum,” the chairman of the museum’s board said in a letter.

Meanwhile, the Pérez Art Museum Miami continues to push for restoration of a $1.4 million funding increase that Giménez initially proposed for the new facility, but which he dropped to bridge a budget gap in the police department.

Cultural grants are also facing cuts, and representatives from a number of nonprofit art organizations packed commission chambers at a September 4th budget hearing. This week, there will be a final hearing before a budget vote.—Larry Kaplan