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Jacksonville Budget Decisions Delayed Another Week

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee put-off decisions on nearly everything discussed at Friday's budget hearing, saying it needs more time to go over what is being presented.

The budget's for the city's Office of Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services was deferred until next Friday, August 30, because council members wanted for information about staffing issues.

The committee also put off decisions on capital improvement projects until after a subcommittee meets on Tuesday. The committee also rescheduled the parks and recreation budget for a second time.

Finance Committee Chair Greg Anderson says it was frustrating that the processes has been getting bogged down, but noted that it is a deliberative processes.

He says part of the problem was that the mayor's office presented a budget in July that was unacceptable with it's proposed across-the-board cuts.

Mayor Brown has said the budget hole is due to city's pension problem, his answer to which was rejected by the city council 

The committee will hold full day hearings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week to try and wrap-up its work.

Budgets for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, libraries, public works  and special services, which includes funding for homeless centers, are still to be decided.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.