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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- John Thompson knows all about taxes. He moved to Jacksonville in 1964.

And he understands the struggle facing the city -- falling property tax values means less revenue for the city. But Sheriff John Rutherford wants to raise the millage rate to keep getting the same amount of money.

"My income has not increased and you ask me to increase paying taxes. That's a tough call," Thompson said.

But Sheriff Rutherford made one point very clear: "This is not a tax increase," he said.

But for homeowners expecting a lower tax bill, it seems like an increase to them.

"Will this increase be forever or a fixed amount of money?" Thompson asked.

First Coast News took his questions straight to Sheriff Rutherford.

"You can allow rollback every year," Rutherford said. "And what that does is it goes up or down to collect the same amount of money every year."

But homeowners might appreciate a little break if the property value has gone down.

"I say measure that with standing on the roadway for two-and-a-half hours for FHP to show up."

First Coast News

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