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Duval budget battle

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Updated: 8/13/2009 8:05 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City council met Thursday to discuss its budget battle. 

It went back and forth all day. The tension was high in City Council chambers. All the people are waiting to see how this budget will affect their wallet or if funding will be cut from their favorite program.

Stephen Joost is the head of the finance committee. He says it's a tough call to make. "At the end of the day, many activities are worthy causes. A lot of these people are our friends and it's no fun taking stuff from them," said Joost.

City Council has to cut 50 million dollars from the budget. To do that, they decided every department in the city has to cut three percent of its budget. That includes, the police and fire departments. 

The budget battle started when Mayor Peyton wanted to raise property taxes to make up for budget shortfalls. City Council said no, but Mayor Peyton vetoed their vote.
     
Now, City Council President Richard Clark says they're trying to figure out how to spend your tax dollars wisely. "You haven't seen this level of scrutiny where we sit and just cut," said Clark.
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