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Jacksonville City Council approves tentative property tax increase

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Reported by: Catherine Varnum

Contributor: Keith St. Peter
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Updated: 7/24/2013 12:16 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville City Council has tentatively approved a tax increase, though it's not a done deal yet.

Council members voted 15 to 3 to tentatively raise the millage rate to 11.5353. Here's what it means for you. If you own a home with an assessed value of $100,000, you will pay an extra $75 per year.

The resulting influx of money would bring in an extra $64 million for the City of Jacksonville. That is enough to cover the budget gap even without passing Mayor Alvin Brown's Police and Fire pension reform plan.

Council members can still set a final millage rate that is lower than the approved 11.5353, but going over that limit would require new notices to go out to taxpayers.

The process of sending out the notices alone would cost the city $300,000.

City council also voted down the mayor's pension reform plan for the Police and Fire Pension Fund. Some council members say they felt like they were forced to vote on it. The council president brought the bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Some members tried to appeal that decision. That didn't go through.

The mayor's chief of staff said it was an unfortunate decision. The office maintains it would have saved taxpayers a lot of money in the long run. City council didn't agree.

The issue will now go back to the courts to see if it can be resolved. The city general counsel said another plan could take several more years.

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tlynn - 7/24/2013 3:53 PM
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If they feel that the need in this city is SO great, then why not just increase the local sales tax amount? Spread the pain around, instead of just on the home/property owners. Better yet pinch the pennies that you (gov't.) already get from us…Just like all of US are having to do. There is certainly a lot of waste in gov't. that could/should/must be cut!

EZZZE - 7/24/2013 3:15 PM
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This Is Bull Crap.....Plain and simple

keith - 7/24/2013 3:10 PM
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I don't mind the property tax. The fees that are double my property tax are what makes me mad. My storm water runs into a swamp even with the city's effort to divert it otherwise. I will pay for my own garbage pock up or haul it to the dump myself. I did not vote for these fees and do not want them. I'm on fixed income and don't need any impromptitue charges against it.

doug1 - 7/24/2013 11:45 AM
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why do cops draw pensions after 20 years? they should pay at least 50% on their retirement. and should be 65 to draw pensions. they should pay for their medical insurance also. and DON'T LET THEM DRIVE OUR CARS OFF DUTY. make them drive their cars like everyone else. if they don't like it let them go on strike. who cares? we'll be like Detroit if we don't watch out. doug1.

Papakilo - 7/23/2013 11:40 PM
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It is a sorry state of affairs where we elect a potentially honest individual to represent us taxpayers to keep our city safe and provide for the needs of the taxpayers, in the form of a mayor and city councilmen/women. But, all they have done in the end, is cost us more in taxes, provide fewer services, and place the needs of the taxpayers behind their greed and personal benefit. In my opinion we pay the Mayor, his staff, all the administrators, advisors, and the city council way too much in salary and benefits. I am shocked that our elected Mayor sends an underling to tell us ‘it is unfortunate we have to pay higher taxes/milage rate’! Do they think us taxpayers don’t know they charge all these surcharges, taxes, milage rates, and out right taxes, ARE ALL TAXES! There are so many projects we citizens need to have taken care of, which are part of the city infrastructure but, the city ONLY does something when the Mayor and the city council members’ butts get in the fire. For many years only major floods, tornadoes, trees on city property killing citizens, and other items which make them look disgraceful in their lack luster performance of their job to actually take care of the Jacksonville taxpayers. Lets face it, our city leaders ARE a disgrace to the city and themselves. Think of the easements which require trenching, clearing of vegetation/weeds, dead/dying trees, worn out ‘recycle’ baskets, over grown grass in fields, along roads and medians, trees which over hang streets and are hit daily by the passage of trucks. This city is starting to look like Detroit and Chicago and their city leaders have drained the taxpayers pockets and lined their own. At the rate our leaders are going with their tax and spend attitude, this city will follow in the path of other cities approaching bankruptcy. Folks need to open their eyes and watch what our hired leaders are doing. Just my two cents.

Rob Best - 7/23/2013 9:00 PM
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Tax his land, tax his wage, Tax his bed in which he lays. Tax his tractor, tax his mule, Teach him taxes is the rule.

janderson1108 - 7/23/2013 8:11 PM
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I hope they have Detroit in the back of their minds. Eventually people will vote with their feet and just leave rather then pay ever increasing taxes. Fromwhat I understand Florida already has some of the highest property tax rates in the country.
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