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Roadwork Roadblock: Why the city is going into debt to fix our roads

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Updated: 6/28/2013 12:45 pm
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.
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1country - 6/28/2013 8:23 AM
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Did you ever drive down main street downtown,every few feet there are man hole covers.Why can't these things be level with the roadway? Those things will tear a car up!!!

Truthseeker - 6/28/2013 4:22 AM
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DAY8293A, I concur!!!

DAY8293A - 6/27/2013 11:56 PM
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No money for pot holes, but 40 million to fix up Ever bank field???? What the f...! We have had nothing but budget problems ever since the Super bowl came to town. Our electric rates went up to pay for the losses there, and now they want to throw millions at fixing up the stadium,,, while we can't get pot holes fixed,,, what's wrong with this picture,,, Both the Mayor and Jaguars owner come from Chicago just like the president... and we are going in debt just like the country, while we throw money away on the foot ball stadium,, Enough money thrown away on a losing football team...
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