MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It was a standing room only crowd at Government Street Baptist Church as hundreds packed the auditorium. They were looking to talk taxes with city leaders.
"I'm very frustrated. I think that they are not doing their jobs," said Chris Dezego, who is against the sales tax increase. "They are just saying, ‘Oh we need more money.'"
"I'm not going to do without cops. I'm not going to do without firefighters," argued Ken Kronebusch. "I'm not going to do without ambulances, garbage. These folks need their job."
The Mobile City Council and mayor's office heard dozens of arguments for and against the city's proposed sales tax increase.
FOX10 heard from a diverse group of citizens including community action groups, business owners, senior citizens, and non-profit organizations that have been threatened to have their city funding cut.
"Your partnership - and that's how we regard it over the years - enables us to exist," said a spokeswoman.
Other speakers were just every day citizens, frustrated by city management.
"As citizens, you collect our money in the form of taxes," said one man. "You pay bills which we ask you to carry out. Just for the record it's our money that you are spending."
It is yet to be determined what exactly the meeting will accomplish.
Many council members have already said they are standing firm on their position and intend to vote a certain way.
Some council members said they have been dealing with the issue and talking with citizens in their districts for so long.
"Well some council members felt that it was necessary to open this up at a different time so that people could know they've been heard. Sometimes that's enough," said Councilman John Williams.
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