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City council will meet Monday to go over potential budget vetoes

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Updated: 9/30/2013 12:11 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 40-amendment budget is getting one last review before being passed. Mayor Alvin Brown will go line by line to determine what he'll veto before handing it over to the city council.

According to District 6 Councilman Matt Schellenberg, the mayor will 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 percent.

"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 mayor cannot veto the increase in taxes but he can veto other spending items including the St. Johns River ferry. Keeping funding for the ferry is an issue that has drawn dozens of protesters to budget meetings.

"We've heard rumors that it's going to be vetoed along with the Mayport CRA and I just find that incredible that it would even be considered," said Council President Bill Gulliford.

Even if the mayor decides to veto funding for the ferry or any other item, it takes a majority of 10 votes to override his decision.

Action News reached out to a spokesperson with the mayor's office but our call was not immediately returned.

The city council meeting begins Monday at 1 p.m.

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