MIAMI
08/21/2012 11:24 am ET Updated Aug 21, 2012

Judge Voids Miami's Declaration Of Financial Urgency, City Appealing (VIDEO)

Does anyone in Miami know how to run this place?

After city manager Johnny Martinez pronounced the city in a state of financial urgency for the fourth time last month, Judge Abby Cynamon voided the declaration.

Yesterday, the city announced its plans to appeal.

Cynamon ruled last week that the city manager does not have the authority to make the declaration of urgency and that it must come from the city commission instead, according to the Miami Herald.

“It shows that once again, the city doesn’t know what it is doing,” Sgt. Javier Ortiz said, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told the Herald. The FOP sued the city after the declaration, arguing it didn't properly invoke the vaguely worded statute.

Martinez made the now-regular declaration on July 27 in order to give the commission the authority to edit its contracts with police, fire and general employee unions. The commission must balance its $485 million budget by September, decided against an increase in taxes.

Instead, elected officials are hoping for $40 million in concessions from the unions to help fill the city's $60 million deficit by September, according to Reuters. But it isn't going to be easy: firefighters argue their pay has already been cut by 35 percent in the last three years.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado told the Herald that the city's declaration was "totally" legal and that Martinez "clearly" has the power to declare financial urgency. A labor dispute board ruled in a 2010 suit from fire and police unions that the city had the right to make urgency, but the unions' appeal is pending.

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