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Protestors stand outside City Hall for budget presentation

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Updated: 7/15/2013 12:39 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 'Stop emergency service cuts,' 'pet control is a public service,' and 'support JSO..'  Those were the messages protestors had outside City Hall this morning as Mayor Alvin Brown announced his $953 million budget proposal.

"We're protesting the poor choice in priorities of our mayor," said Eleanor Wilson.

Wilson is with the Occupy Jacksonville movement. She, along with about 15 other protestors Monday, stood in front of City Hall with signs voicing their frustration with the mayor's proposed cuts.

"He's choosing to spend money on improvements to the stadium, meanwhile closing libraries, fire departments, funding to JSO," said Wilson.

John Hall is another protestor who says city services, like public libraries, shouldn't be on the chopping block. That's why he's collecting signatures for a straw ballot to establish an independent library district in Jacksonville.

"All my life I've depended on libraries. I think they're very important for individuals for the community," said Hall.

He along with Wilson say they will continue their fight until City Council votes. "We're hoping to educate the public and let them know this is what your mayor's doing, this is how he's spending your money," said Wilson.

These protestors say they will continue to make their presence known throughout Jacksonville from now until the budget passes. The budget needs to be passed by the end of September. It goes into effect October 1.
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Papakilo - 7/15/2013 7:30 PM
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I believe the source of waste and abusive spending of our taxes starts with our Mayor, his staff and the extra ordinary salaries of city administrators. The solution is not increasing taxes or the milage rate (which is just another name for the many taxes we are charged in Jacksonville), or cutting city safety services, shutting down libraries. Either the mayor sees the light, and cuts his wasteful spending and excessive salaries in HIS office, or he and his political party may have an extremely difficult time fielding any winning candidates. The media has continually turned a blind eye or play down the REAL solutions to our city excessive budget and wasteful spending. Maybe the city council will wake up and CUT the waste in salaries, benefits, and projects which do not directly support the current taxpaying residents of Jacksonville, and use those funds to clean all the cities easements and drainage, remove dead/dying and other trees which are in those easements from causing property damage to Jacksonville citizens. It is mindless to waste money attempting to bring new businesses to the city, without servicing those who DO live here. The mayor does not even want to replace all the deteriorated “Recycle Bins” which reflect the TRUE IMAGE of Jacksonville and our mayors’ concern. Bah!
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