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Mayor plans to slash his own office's budget

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Updated: 7/12/2013 9:31 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the Mayor has requested each city department to make a 14 percent budget cut, Action News investigates if he's applying the same budget reductions to his own office.

The Mayor's budget team is working late Friday night in preparation for Monday morning's presentation.

Mayor Alvin Brown says if his pension reform plan isn't passed, there will be a $64 million hole to fill. He's requested each department head to hand in cuts equating to a 14 percent reduction.

That means JFRD could lose three or four fire stations. Sheriff John Rutherford would need to find $29 million to cut which he says isn't possible without laying off hundreds of police officers.

With public safety on the line, Action News looked into how much Brown is cutting from his own office.

Newly released documents from City Hall state the Mayor is cutting 13.8 percent, or about $366,000, from his current budget.

Brown ties those cuts to what's called an extraordinary lapse. It's money that as of today is in the books, but over the course of this fiscal year, will need to be somehow slashed from the budget.

We asked a city spokesperson how they plan to do that and was told they are exploring their options.

The mayor's budget will be presented to City Council members on Monday morning.

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