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.