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Senator to Miami-Dade: Don't cut our budget to save money

Sen. Frederica Wilson, the chair of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, sent a letter to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez today that protests a recommendation to slash the more than $262,000 that now goes to pay the expenses of the county delegation office.

"While we understand the County is faced with cutting $224 million due to property tax relief...we are at a complete loss as to why the office that is a direct link to the County and the Legislature is proposed for elimination,'' writes Wilson. Wilson's alternative is to have the county pare back funding for the office to what it was in 2002, which was $190,304.

Wilson, who has requested a meeting with Alvarez to discuss the cut, said that in this time of state budget cuts "the county needs the direct link more now than ever" and called the elimination of the delegation office "inconceivable." Letter here: Download wilson_letter.doc