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Jacksonville mayor's proposed budget contains no property tax increase

6:25 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown's proposed budget for 2012-13, which does not include any property tax increases, has been finished and will be formally presented on Monday.

The 2012-13 budget includes $945.08 million in general fund spending, down from $957.8 that was approved in 2011-12, according to David DeCamp, director of communications for the City of Jacksonville.

The budget includes a $46.4 million increase in police and fire pension costs, according to a release from the city.

Watch a message from Mayor Brown about the budget

Because of the pension costs, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will see a 3.6 percent increase in spending and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department will see an 8.6 percent increase, DeCamp said.

490 government positions will be eliminated through layoffs and attrition, the city's release said.

"We must respect hard-working taxpayers by reducing cost and focusing on quality of service," said Mayor Brown. "This budget is an opportunity for innovation, accountability and responsibility to grow confidence in our city."

Check back with First Coast News on Monday at 9 a.m. for a live video stream of Mayor Brown presenting the budget.

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