The city council has voted to approve A PROPERTY TAX increase.HOW MUCH more you will pay- HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED yet. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us LIVE this morning with more about the council's decision last night. 3 3 AT LAST NIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.. THEY PASSED A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE OF ALMOST 10-PERCENT. IT'S BEEN TIGHT IN JACKSONVILLE THIS YEAR.. A LOT OF CUTS.. AND THIS IS THE RESULT. 00-0530-35JACKSONVILLE'S CITY COUNCIL IS MOVING ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO A FINAL BUDGET.. ONE THAT INCLUDES AN INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES.THE APPROVED HIKE OF ALMOST 10-PERCENT IS THE MAXIMUM.. SO THE INCREASE MAY STILL BE LOWER BEFORE A FINAL BUDGET IS APPROVED.THE COUNCIL SAYS IT NEEDED A WAY TO PREVENT MAJOR CUTS TO DEPARTMENTS LIKE THE POLICE.. MANY ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT THE MOVE .. LIKE STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE MONEY FROM THE CITY FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.. THEY PICKETED AT THE FRONT FOOR OF CITY HALL.SHARIFFA SPICER/BRIDGE OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA 46:31 - right now they are demonstrating to let city of jax know they are a student. That if you don't budget into their education, it will affect us in the long term. INSIDE THE CHAMBERS, OTHER GROUPS FACING CUTS BEGGED FOR MORE.GROUPS LIKE MEALS ON WHEELS WHICH AS WE REPORTED LAST WEEK, IS EXPECTING A 180-THOUSAND DOLLAR CUT.. AS A RESULT, 100 SENIORS IN NEED WILL NOT LONGER GET A HOT MEAL DELIVERED TO THEM AT HOME. 18:04:20 - i'm here to ask on the part of the seniors who rely on this one meal. It seems short sighted for you to look at one aspect of this this may be difference between them being independent and institutionalized.Which is always a cost to the city.MANY ARGUE SENIOR CITIZENS ARE TAKING THE BRUNT OF THIS.. OTHERS ARE CONCERNED OVER THE POSSIBILITY OF SENIOR CENTERS SHUTTING DOWN.18:14:42 - started scraping the bottom of the barrel by closing senior centers on those who have been paying taxes for many many years and find that this is the only outlet for them. THE CITY HAS UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO FINALIZE THIS BUDGET.THE COUNCIL ALSO SETS TAX RATES FOR THE BEACHES AND BALDWIN..THE MILLAGE RATE IS GOING UP THERE TOO.