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City Hall Gets Online Budget Feedback
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As mayor-elect Alvin Brown prepares a spending plan for the city, taxpayers spoke out online where and how they want their tax dollars spent.

This spring, the city for the first time offered online budget participation by outlining 170 areas of local government and the amount of tax dollars budgeted for each.

The online opportunity attracted nearly 1,000 taxpayers who scored services as either "must have" or "need less." Other scoring options between those extremes were offered as well.

The results public safety scored well as did environmental services.


Skip Cramer, the Executive Director of Jacksonville Community Council, said he was not surprised by the results.

"They tell us critical safety infrastructure like our bridges is a very, very high priority. More than 80 percent of the people said we must do that ot that we must do more of it," said Cramer.

The online results also were critical of spending in the area of social services except for military veterans.

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