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facing a $54 million shortfall for next year’s budget or a $61 million budget hole.
On top of that City Manager Johnny Martinez announced last Aug. 15 "he’s declaring a state statute called 'financial urgency'."
Last month, Miami New Times staff writer Tim Elfrink reported that the city has hired 782 people despite a May 7, 2009 hiring freeze was ordered.
Either way you look at it, they're screwed.
But don't try telling that to some of the city's top earners.
Budget shortfall? What budget shortfall?
Random Pixels has obtained a list of 758 City of Miami employees who earn over $100,000 a year.
Of those, at least 21 gross over $200,000 a year.
The highest paid City of Miami employee is City attorney Julie Bru, who grosses $297,888 a year.
Number two on the list: Miami police captain Richard Walterman, a 29 year veteran of the department whose gross salary is listed at $289,297 a year. That's more than Miami police chief Miguel Exposito and Miami fire chief Maurice Kemp make.
Exposito is number 4 on the list: $241,007 a year.
Rounding out the top five is Miami city clerk Priscilla Thompson.
UPDATED: The bright spot in all of this for city of Miami taxpayers? Tim Elfrink of New Times writes: "Worth noting for those who think the city hasn't made any efforts to trim salaries amidst the looming double dip recession: In 2008, the Biscayne Times found that 97 city employees, mostly from the Fire Department, had topped $200K."
Here's the list.