Carlos Gimenez has a painful $56 million problem.
What he doesn’t have is a painless solution.
Miami-Dade commissioners, under pressure from labor unions, voted late Thursday to restore the pay of most county workers. The unplanned move will blow open a $56 million hole in the current $4.4 billion operating budget.
Mayor Gimenez’s administration will have to come up with a way to make up the money. But he’ll be hamstrung by several commission edicts: Protect public services. Don’t ask a bank for help. Leave most rainy-day funds untouched.
Vaya con Dios.
Gimenez was steaming.
“You’re making all these motions — don’t do this, don’t do this, don’t do this,” he told commissioners. “I’m sorry — does somebody have a printing press back there making money?”
After the mayor said an unknown number of layoffs would be likely, commissioners briefly considered an edict banning that, too. But they realized they couldn’t have it both ways.
Gimenez appears poised to veto the decision. He has until Sunday, Dec. 15 — in practice, until Friday the 13th — to strike down the commission’s vote.
But the board could override him, depending on how many commissioners show up.