Mayor Alvin Brown has filed his proposed 2012-13 city budget with the Jacksonville City Council. The budget will reduce spending by 1.3 percent compared to the current year. It also represents the lowest level of city spending since 2008.
See the full operating budget proposal by clicking here
. See the 2013-2017 capital improvement plan by clicking here
. Read full text of the mayor's budget address by clicking here
. Meet the people mentioned in the mayor's address by clicking here
The Brown Administration worked closely with department heads, employees and constitutional officers throughout city government to reduce general fund expenses by $68.7 million. Balancing the budget requires an across-the-board workforce reduction of 490 positions through attrition and layoffs.
“We must respect hard-working taxpayers by reducing cost and focusing on quality of service,” said Mayor Brown. “This budget is an opportunity for innovation, accountability and responsibility to grow confidence in our city.”
General fund revenues are projected to fall by $12.7 million in the coming year while the city’s pension obligations will increase by $46.4 million, a 45 percent increase. There are $150.3 million in pension obligations in the 2012-13 budget, an amount that represents 16 percent of all general fund spending.
The proposed budget is now subject to City Council’s review. By law, a spending plan must be passed by the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1. The mayor will present the budget proposal formally to City Council on Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m. at City Hall.
A video message from Mayor Brown on the proposed 2012-13 budget can be viewed by clicking here.