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.