The Jacksonville City Council finance committee approved giving Jacksonville Fire & Rescue more than 12M to cover the fire budget.
John Crescimbeni, city council member at large.
"I wasn't exactly thrilled by the fact there was a 12 and a half million dollar restoration to the fire department's budget."
He says he wasn't sure if the fire chief would keep three local stations open, even after the budget approval. However, the chief did agree to keep them open as long as the city agreed to discuss his overtime budget as the year progresses.
Randy Wyse, President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters.
"You can't look at this budget and say oh my gosh we gave them 12.5M dollars."
Wyse says its a step in the right direction but he says the fire chief will still be forced to make tough decisions as he aims to balance the fire budget. The chief still faces an almost 3 million dollar deficit.
Wyse says, "He's not going to be able to do everything he wants to do to get us back to the proper level but he's going to do everything he can do."
Crescimbeni says the chief will simply have to work with the numbers he's been given.
The full council vote is set for September 24th.