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With No Mayoral Vetoes, Jacksonville's 2013-14 Budget Finalized

The budget for the city of Jacksonville has been finalized. Mayor Alvin Brown returned the budget ordinances to the Jacksonville City Council today without his signature, which automatically enacts the legislation.

Brown also declined to use his line-item veto authority, "in order to focus on ways that we can work together to improve the community," he said in a letter to City Council President Bill Gulliford.

In the letter Brown went on to say that with the budget process at an end he looks forward to working with council members to achieve goals related to pension reform, enhancing education, revitalizing downtown and boosting quality of life in the city by focusing on parks, housing, and public-private partnerships.

The city's 2013-'14 budget goes into effect Tuesday.

The council voted to approve the budget on the evening of Sept. 25 following weeks of committee meetings and about seventeen hours of debate.

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