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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City council wrestled with setting a millage rate on Tuesday, only deciding in committee it needed more details on Mayor Alvin Brown's billion dollar budget.

"This has become a moving target. Every time we plug one hole another hole pops up," said Councilman Bill Gulliford who spoke of a budget that has more questions than answers.

The council's finance committee also expressed big concerns about the mayor tapping in and using almost $38 billion dollars from reserve accounts to balance the books. The city has $165 million in those accounts to handle emergencies.

"This year going to dip into our savings account" concerned Councilwoman Lori Boyer .

"I cannot support a millage rate increase that allows us to dip into savings account...that's irresponsible," said Boyer.

The council must adopt a proposed millage rate by August 4 so notices can be sent to property owners informing them of their tax liability.

The mayor's office said he it would be getting answers to the council's questions. The council on Tuesday night is expected to discuss the millage rate, but expressed in the morning meeting it would be wise to have a special meeting next week.

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