Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton last week testified at a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., that the “record of financial discipline and self-reliance” of the consolidated city-county government has been “undermined by circumstances beyond our control.”

In a hearing on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure, Peyton said that mandatory tax reform measures imposed by the Florida Legislature in 2007 resulted in a $65 million shortfall in the city’s budget. Additional reforms imposed by voters earlier this year decreased the budget by another $50 million, forcing the city to cut $38.5 million from the budget and for the first time  impose fees for several city services to diversify the revenue stream.

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