Rate increase roller coaster

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Frustrations boiled over at the Gainesville City Commission meeting.

The commission changed course on a proposed package of tax and rate increases—not once but twice.

After voting 4-3 a month ago to raise property taxes, fire fees, and utility rates, commissioners voted 4-3 against them, with commissioner David Arreola changing his vote.

The commission had not discussed cutting the budget in June, instead proposing to meet a shortfall by raising rates and taxes.

The decision was met with anger and protests by some residents, which initially contributed to its defeat tonight.

After a recess and further discussion, commissioner Gail Johnson announced she would change her vote, reviving the rate increases.