Mayor Brown dodges budget questions, presents spending plan on Monday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown on Friday morning praised the city's efforts to promote sports while attending an event for the Jacksonville Armada.

Following his public appearance, Brown raced off declining to answer questions about the billion dollar city budget his staff is preparing. Brown will present the budget to the city council on Monday morning.

Staff said Brown had another meeting to attend and did not have time to handle questions.

Staff did answers questions about the proposed spending plan saying it is still being refined.

"I think the good news for residents no new taxes, for employees no layoffs," said Karen Bowling the mayor's Chief Administrative Officer.

Last year, Brown submitted a budget calling for cuts and no new taxes. The city council restored funding to many programs and voted to raise taxes.

This year the city is expecting to collect $18 million more in revenue due to increasing property values.

Mayor Brown at 9 a.m. Monday will give his "State of the City" address and outline his spending plans. Brown's proposed budget will be reviewed this summer by the city council before it is voted on. The new budget year for the city starts on October 1.


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