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Budget meeting between Mayor Brown and city council cancelled

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Updated: 9/30/2013 3:09 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The meeting to discuss Mayor Alvin Brown's vetoes to the city budget has been cancelled.

The mayor was supposed to meet with the city council to review the budget at 1 p.m. Action News has learned from the offices of two city council members that the meeting is off.

District 6 Councilman Matt Schellenberg told Action News yesterday that the mayor would likely face an uphill battle on any decisions.

"The council is probably going to override him on almost everything he does," said Schellenberg.

Schellenberg was one of only two council members who voted against the proposed budget, which requires a property tax rate hike of 14%

"I think what we did was not improve the quality of life, it was a let's get by until next year and that's a disappointment," said Schellenberg.

The budget must be signed and approved by Oct. 1.

David DeCamp, the mayor's spokesperson, said Mayor Brown will not sign any of the ordinances and that they will become law without his signature.

The letter Brown sent to City Council is attached to this story.

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