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First budget battle at Jacksonville City Hall

2:45 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown's proposed budget was vetted for the first time in front of City Council.

The members ultimately voted to keep the millage rate in Duval County at the current level, at the urging of the Mayor. Their vote closed the door on any property tax increases for the upcoming fiscal year.  Sheriff John Rutherford had argued that keeping the milage rate at last year's level would have saved jobs in his police department.

However, many City Council members argued that the Mayor's budget was not balanced.

"It's grossly out of balance, and he might have to break his campaign promise to get it back in line. But that's not our job to balance his budget," said Councilmember Bill Gulliford.

"Quite frankly I would like to send the entire budget back," said Councilmember Matt Schellenberg.

This is just the first of many discussions about the Mayor's proposed budget.

The schedule of public hearings on the budget will be announced Wednesday.

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