Miami Prepares for $19M Shortfall, Stops Hiring and Repairs

Governing: Miami, Florida’s city government is proposing a nearly citywide hiring freeze, postponing asphalt repairs at the Miami Marine Stadium and trimming budgets across all municipal departments to address a projected $19 million shortfall amid the economic downturn in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The economic fallout from closures and stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus has blown holes in public coffers of local governments, leaving administrators with certainty that there will be revenue shortfalls. The magnitude of the budget pinch is difficult to predict, even as South Florida’s economy slowly reopens.

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