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Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford not budging on budget cuts

5:36 AM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Another showdown is looming at City Hall as numbers are being crunched, with Sheriff John Rutherford saying he's not budging on budget cutting.

In the last budget numbers provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the bottom line number the sheriff says he needs to operate is $389 million.

That number does not reflect 14 percent cuts other departments in the city submitted to balance the budget. The projected target number for cuts is $64 million, unless the city adopts pension reform which is controversial.

According to JSO documents, the city has 1,603 uniformed officers, which is 150 fewer than five years ago.

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"That's what they (officers) are out here for, to help us when we dial 911," said Latrina Dial, who would like to see more officers on the street.

Winston Davis, who has a produce stand on Hecksher Drive, doesn't want the sheriff to make any cuts.

"If we did not have them, we still have more trouble than we got now. And we got plenty as it is," said Davis.

On Monday morning, Mayor Alvin Brown will submit his spending plans to the Jacksonville City Council.

The mayor said pension reform that is currently before the council will determine just how deep cuts will have to be to balance the books.

Want to weigh in on the Mayor's proposed budget? Here's how:

Mayor Alvin Brown

Bill Gulliford, City Council President

Clay Yarborough, City Council Vice President

Greg Anderson, City Council Finance Committee Chair

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