Miami-Dade County was prepared for a lengthy budget hearing Thursday night: Rope lines. A stack of speaker cards. A corps of bureaucrats with thick binders ready to answer questions.
But only four members of the public showed up.
The quartet of speakers said their piece in their allotted two minutes. Then, 12 of 13 county commissioners made quick work of what may be the first-ever rerun of Miami-Dade’s usually contentious budget vote.
“We had so much fun at the last budget hearing that we decided to do it over again,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez quipped.
The meeting lasted 38 minutes.
Commissioners had adopted a $6.2 billion budget for 2015 on Sept. 18. But the Florida Department of Revenue informed them in November that they had misled the public by making a mistake in a newspaper advertisement detailing the budget and property-tax rates.