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Jacksonville City Council finance committee approves city budget

8:51 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city's final budget numbers were passed by the City Council finance committee Thursday afternoon.

The millage rate for 2013-2014 would be 11.20 mills, a 1.17 increase over last year. The committee could have raised the millage rate as high as 1.5 mills.

The finance committee added $51,023,305 to the budget and spent a total of 60 hours in meetings since over the past month to get to this point.

The budget passed 7-1. Council member Reggie Brown was the only member who voted no.

"We added new money for new programs instead of using that money to keep existing programs that had been cut, such as early learning," Brown said. "I think that is wrong."

The finance committee went through all of the departments and approved the budget with those numbers. The committee also offered suggestions for possible amendments to the budget.

"I think this budget is reflective of the community's hopes and dreams," said Greg Anderson, council member and finance committee chair.

Two library branches that were still on the chopping block, Maxville and Brentwood, were spared, Anderson said.

The budget will now go to the full City Council for review, possible changes and approval.

A public hearing on the budget will be at the next City Council meeting Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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