JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Six local libraries are on the chopping block.
It's all because the latest budget proposal has a wide funding gap. They include Brentwood, Maxville, Willowbranch, University Park, the Beaches and San Marco.
The reason is a nearly $2.4 million decrease in the library budget.
Bill Brinton is trying to change it. He's part of the group, Save Jax Libraries.
On Friday, the group turned in petitions trying to get a proposal on the ballot to create an independent tax district to fund the library. It wouldn't mean an increase in taxes. It would set aside a portion of the taxes already collected to help support the library.
"It's simply weighing whether they want to have the best library system," said Brinton.
The proposed budget has a $64 million hole in it. The approval of the police and fire pension fund could have a big impact on that. The pension proposal has not been voted on yet. Until the pension problem is fixed, cuts are a reality. "The first step is to weigh in and see what the voters believe is the level of support in this county," said Brinton. The group needs 26,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
Some of the other cuts in the proposed budget include, all libraries being closed on Sunday and reducing the materials budget by 250 thousand dollars. The mayor doesn't have to give his final budget to city council until July 15th.
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