4 p.m update: After knocking out about half of their $22 million savings goal, the committee decided to make up the additional $11.2 million by reducing each city department's budget by 2.45 percent.

The committee imposed the lapse in the budget of police, fire, parks and all other departments that are funded by the city's general fund. Those cuts are on top of other reductions the committee has made to their budgets so far.

Noon update: The committee has reduced their savings target to about $11.7 million with a mixed bag of cuts in various city departments, including a reduction in park maintenance and defunding overtime and part-time hours.

The committee is about to break for lunch. When they return, they'll continue to look for additional savings. The committee by the end of the day must also approve a list of capital improvement projects for next year.

9:30 a.m. update: The committee has ignored recommendations from the Council Auditors Office to cover a possible $6.8 million shortfall in pension contributions in the proposed budget, which has reduced their savings target to about $15.9 million.


An earlier version of the story appears below:

Across-the-board cuts to police, fire and other departments could be recommended by a Jacksonville City Council committee Friday, their last day to fill a $22 million hole they believe to be in next year’s budget.

The council Finance Committee met to finalize their proposed budget for next year. They have until the end of the day to accomplish two goals they set a month ago: Balancing the budget without spending one-time sources of money and determining how much money they believe the city can responsibly borrow next year.

The committee’s budget will be submitted to the full city council Tuesday. Council can make additional changes to the budget and must approve it by the end of the month.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. The Times-Union will have a reporter at the meeting.

Watch Jacksonville.com for updates and see our full coverage in tomorrow’s Times-Union.

Christopher Hong: (904) 359-4272

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