(MOBILE, Ala.) Despite the Mobile City Council shelving a vote on a proposed tax increase, it didn't stop people from voicing their opinion on the subject.
Tuesday was a chance for the public to express their feelings on a possible tax hike for the city.
One by one, city employees, non-profit groups, and everyday citizens gave city leaders an earful about the mayor's proposed 1 cent sales tax increase.
Mayor Sam Jones presented the council with a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, but that budget includes a 1 cent sale tax increase.
Without it, the city not only faces a multi million dollar deficit, but according to Mayor Jones, crucial infrastructure needs won't be met.
Although leaders delayed a vote on the mayor's proposal, the public's message about the issue was loud and clear.
Here's what a few residents told the council:
"Please pass the 1 cent sales tax to keep the exploreum open. I don't know if you can, but I can't imagine a downtown Mobile without the Exploreum."
"This city is not poor. I believe it's poorly managed."
"Be careful Gina. You've been played. You've given a vote of yes two years ago, and you said let's see change. I want to ask you Gina, did you see that change?"
Members of the Council's Finance Committee also met Tuesday to review the mayor's proposal.
The council has to vote on a budget by Sept. 30.