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Budget cuts could be deep in Jacksonville

7:51 PM, Jun 30, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fire Station 12 on Atlantic Blvd. is among three fire stations that could close to help the city find 14 percent in savings -- totaling $64 million.

Fire officials are also looking at taking two ladder trucks and 10 fire engines out of service at other stations and eliminating 135 positions through retirements, attrition and not filling vacancies.

The gates could also be locked at 16 of the City's 31 outdoor community pools during the summer months to save a half million dollars.

Animal care and protective services would lose more than $400,000. Three animal control officers would be cut, if the budget cuts take affect. 

A time limit of 14 days would be set for the amount of time an animal could stay at the shelter.  As many as 2000 more animals would be euthanized each year at the shelter.

The sheriff's office, it has not yet turned in a list of potential cuts to meet the 14 percent reduction.

Want to weigh in on the Mayor's proposed budget? Here's how:

Mayor Alvin Brown

Bill Gulliford, City Council President

Clay Yarborough, City Council Vice President

Greg Anderson, City Council Finance Committee Chair

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