JACKSONVILE, Fla.-- Action News uncovered funds to pave roadways have taken a big hit.
In 2008, $14 million was allotted for repaving. This year, it's just $4 million. "If you ignore it, the cost to repair is even greater," said Councilman Bill Gulliford.
Gulliford says that's a problem, especially when emergency road repairs come up. The money just isn't there, so they have to borrow it. He says the effort to save money in the budgeting process is ultimately costing taxpayers more.
"You start cutting the way we have been and you look for every little thing. You don't notice," said Gulliford.
One taxpayer says the city needs to take care of the basics first. "It's important. There's lots of bad roads, and it ends up costing more in the long run," said taxpayer Chris Spohn.
A spokesman for the mayor's office says they had to cut $83 million across all departments last year.
The budget is facing a $64 million deficit in the next fiscal year if the pension isn't approved. City leaders have to approve the next fiscal budget.