Should the Jacksonville City Council Raise Taxes to Cover Budget Shortfall?


Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown proposed a budget that doesn't raise taxes, but cuts every department by nearly 14 percent. Brown has remained adamant about not raising taxes, no matter what services have to be cut.

In July, the City Council approved the flexibility to raise the millage rate 1.5 mills to 11.5353. Taxes on a homesteaded house valued at $150,000 would increase by $150. Since then, the Finance Committee has been combing through each line of the budget, deciding where money should be restored.

More than 60 percent of the budget goes to public safety and public works, leaving less money for programs serving the young, the sick, the old, and arts and cultural programs.

In the last five years, Jacksonville has paid lower property taxes than other major Florida cities. In 2012, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale property owners paid 4 percent to 29 percent more in taxes than Jacksonville residents.

Should the City Council pass a tax increase to pay for these services?

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No, Jacksonville seems always to have plenty of money for Football and Baseball stadiums. They seem to have plenty for festivals at Metro Park, plenty of funds to give to banks to move from across the river to downtown. Yes it has lots of money for Corp. welfare, but when it comes to budget there is a shortfall, but the new $63 million dollar video screen at Everbank Field is not a problem, but it did save the Jaguars owner a few dollars to buy a soccer team in England. Thursday, August 29, 2013|Report this


Absolutely not! It's not needed.

Stop letting the Chamber of Commerce dictate policy on what's the best use of taxpayer money. Saturday, September 7, 2013|Report this


There needs to be a TAX overhaul. The inequity of property values needs to be corrected. My next door neighbor pays $75 for the year. I pay 10 TIMES that amount. A property tax equalization and complete property assesment needs to be done. Some will pay more, some less but the values will be equally assessed. Tuesday, September 10, 2013|Report this


Absolutely, yes. We can't have a high quality of life without paying for it and the tax increase contemplated would raise property taxes by a very small amount. Jacksonville has one of the lowest tax rates in the state. There will always be some waste in government spending (or in corporate spending for that matter), but I think Jacksonville's city council has done a commendable job in attempting to present a lean and thoughtful budget. Frankly, I'd rather they increase the tax rate even more than proposed; I don't like closing libraries, reducing police protection, cutting funding to cultural institutions or funding for the poor. Shame on us for not caring and doing something about it. And, by the way, I don't like the stadium scoreboard deal either. Tuesday, September 10, 2013|Report this


Follow the Money, Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund representatives want the City Of Jacksonville to borrow a BILLION DOLLARS and hand it over to their fund. This is to make well the fund never mind that their fund has not brought the returns they expected or allowed benefits to be paid. "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" may never be more true. Obviously the COJ is in hock up the wazoo and while not the most upside down city in the USA , can you say Detroit? Jacksonville is up there. Detroit has filed bankruptcy you can bet Detroits Police and Fire Pension Fund representatives would love to have been handed a BILLION DOLLARS before the City Of Detroit filed Bankruptcy.

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