An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation. - John Marshall
The citizens of Duval County showed up last night and filled the City Council Chambers and two overflow rooms. The spirit in the room was confidence and the people were firm in their pleas to the members of the council. The people were informed and educated and the city council members listened intently.
We give kudos to City Council President Jack Webb for allowing everyone who wanted to speak to do so and he opened up the overflow rooms to accommodate the people. The people were courteous and professional.
All deserve a round of applause for standing up, speaking out and showing their civic responsibility to question those in power with how they manage our tax dollars.
I'm proud to know each and everyone of you.
The City Council stayed until 3:00 a.m. and went home to rest. We hope they had dreams of how to cut more from the budget and they will come back refreshed and ready to do so.
They will be back at work at 11:00 this morning. If you can show up - please do so. We will be back at the City Council Chambers and we will be watching as each member casts his votes on amendments.
Once the amendments are done, we will see what the budget looks like and if they were able to make the cuts in order to keep our taxes from rising.
If they are not able to do so, we will not end our civic duty and go back home with a defeat. Instead -- we will encourage those who think they can do a better job of running this city to run for city council, school board, and even for mayor. The people always have the final say and that is in the ballot box.
If you have time, call your city councilman beginning at 8:00 this morning and tell him/her to keep at it and make those cuts happen. Join us again at 11:00 in the chambers if you can make it.
Thanks for a job well done!