JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Your heard Mayor Alvin Brown Wednesday on Jacksonville's Morning News talking about his proposed budget and hard line against raising taxes. Today we're hearing from the man who will be leading that budget through city council and he says there's something to tackle before they even touch any line items.
City council will have to set the millage rate before they dive into the budget, which president Bill Gulliford says is a major flaw in the system. He says that discussion will begin at Tuesday's council meeting. While he doesn't know how it'll go, he says they may decide to go to a roll up rate but that doesn't mean anything as to setting the millage rate.
"It just basically says we can't go any higher than that number," Gulliford says.
As for the mayor's budget, Gulliford thinks it was presented irresponsibly.
"If you are going to take that position [of not raising taxes] then be responsible and show us how you're going to get there...This throws it all on the council for us to make the decisions to support his decision."
He feels the mayor threw the budget at council with all these "extraordinary lapses" in funding and asked them to do the dirty work and decide where to cut.