Possible budget vetoes, overrides postponed

Mayor Alvin Brown has until Friday to exercise line-item veto


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Council rescheduled its Friday afternoon meeting to Monday after Mayor Alvin Brown said he was not ready to announce whether he would veto any of the spending items in the city's $1 billion budget.

"I have not made a decision on the budget," Brown said at midday Friday. "I am reviewing everything and, at the right time people will know."

The mayor cannot veto the budget bill, passed 16-2 after a two-day, 17-hour Council meeting, or the associated 14 percent property tax increase, but he can veto specific spending item.

Council moved its special meeting to consider overrides of any of his spending vetoes to 1 p.m. Monday. A simple majority of Council can override a mayoral veto.

The budget must be complete before the 2013-2014 fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

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