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Mayor Brown faces deadline for budget vetoes

4:21 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The newly approved Jacksonville budget will face an important test on Monday afternoon.

City council members are meeting at 1 p.m. to consider any line-item vetoes from Mayor Alvin Brown.

As of Sunday night, the Brown administration was not ready to make any decisions public.

Brown spokesman David DeCamp told First Coast News via e-mail the review process was continuing.

Per Florida statute and city ordinance, the mayor has until Monday to announce any line-item vetoes.

Brown does not have the power to veto the 14% property tax increase the council approved earlier this month.

But Mayor Brown can veto individual spending items.

The council, in a nearly 20 hour, two-day meeting, approved about 40 new amendments to the $1 billion spending plan Brown initially proposed.

The council also redirected about $450,000 to help subsidize the St. Johns River Ferry at Mayport.

But supporters of the ferry remain concerned about the ferry's future.

A video is now posted on a Facebook page that's named Save the St. Johns River Ferry.

The video shows Mayor Brown voicing support for the ferry's future.

"I want to make sure my two boys, Joshua and Jordan, have the same opportunity that we have right now with the ferry, to get on that ferry," Brown said.

Brown also expressed support to First Coast News once it was clear the council would fund the ferry this budget year.

But on Friday, the Florida Times-Union reports Brown would not say for sure if the ferry is safe.

However, Brown told the newspaper the ferry is important and that he wants a budget that helps the Jacksonville economy.

First Coast News

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