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!

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Comment by Cindy Jordan on September 29, 2010 at 10:19pm
Food for thought. Everyone should put up a sign in their yard with the names of the Council members that voted to raise the taxes. Remind everyone that this is where we need to start the house cleaning process. Since Webb, Corrigan, Fussell, Gaffney, Holt, Hyde, Jones, Joost, R & D Brown, and Shad, cannot hear us, or don't care enough to want to. It's time to take them to school. Possibly they can read it as they pass by all our signs. Tell them to pack, because they won't be back. Look for mine, it will be on University Blvd. between Atlantic & Beach.
Comment by Robert Franco on September 29, 2010 at 8:07pm
Agreed we need to pray for our city and country. But the prayer needs to be reinforced with strong determination, unwavering commitment and steel spines.
Comment by Roberto Hurstez on September 29, 2010 at 11:51am
We will see my impression was they will pass it.................. I think it's time for a house cleaning in Gov't . I noticed later on last night four Jacksonville Police officers were simply hanging out/sitting down in one of the abandoned overflow rooms. It really bugs me that with "money tight" that Cops in the Hemming Plaza area for events like Art Walk or last nights City Hall Meeting are always in groups of a minimum of two and often three to five standing around or walking in groups. I'd brought this "groups" up with Sheriff John Rutherford and asked him if it was because they were afraid of being mugged.
Comment by Cindy Jordan on September 29, 2010 at 11:29am
Bille and Joshua both did a great job last nite. They were to the point,
yet courteous and totally realistic. Along with Tony Sleiman, and so many others. We all have to stick together, show up, and not back up. Now is the time. Keep the heat on them, and continue to pray for our Country.
Comment by Lee Jones on September 29, 2010 at 11:14am
My wife and I were there last night, it was truly encouraging to see so many citizens showing their
concern about our Rhino mayor's tax increase! Haven't had much use for the man since he turned his
back on the Navy and Cecil Field! I believe that if the Navy had returned to Cecil, we wouldn't be having as many problems as we do now!
Comment by Patricia M. McBride on September 29, 2010 at 9:11am
See you there Billie.
Comment by Dawn Holder on September 29, 2010 at 7:31am
I plan on being there.

Comment by Kay Ragan Durden on September 29, 2010 at 6:45am
Shari is right, we need to clone Billie, Carol and all of the wonderful people that run our Tea Party HQ and team. But sence we can't clone, go find another person that feels like us and get them to a meeting!! Thanks Billie for staying strong and doing the right thing!!
Comment by Morgan Orlins on September 29, 2010 at 6:33am
Way to go Billie!~ Keep up the good work.
Comment by shari duval on September 29, 2010 at 6:26am
Billie your are truly amazing, and inspiring.........thank you so much for all that you are doing.....Can we clone you?????????????
shari duval

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