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Jacksonville council member blames mayor's office for 'busting' budgets

Reported by: Sam King
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Updated: 10/17/2013 9:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Council members discovered during the budgeting process for this fiscal year that at least two agencies - Military Affairs and the Office of Economic Development - exceeded both their budgeted salary caps and allotments in fiscal year 2013.

"When you bust that number, we take a lot of time working on that budget, and we don't take kindly to that," he said. "That was of great concern to me in this most recent budget process."

While a proposed bill to limit the mayor's transfer authority to $100,000 was withdrawn by the Rules Committee, Crescimbeni asked the Finance Committee to defer the bill until he can gather more information from the city's counsel. Crescimbeni believes the dollar cap would be too restrictive, but says changes must be made.

"I would consider it an infringement, but the mayor's office broke the rules, so to speak, broke the budget, and you know, that's not appropriate," Crescimbeni said.

A spokesperson for Mayor Alvin Brown said the council currently has ample oversight over the budget process, and he agrees with the decision to withdraw the current form of the bill. The Finance Committee is set to take up the matter again next month.

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