Finance Committee

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking the city to increase its investment in arts and culture by more than $1 million. 

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton who gave us an overview of the proposed budget presented Monday by Mayor Lenny Curry to the Jacksonville City Council (01:15).   

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For the third year in a row, the proposed Jacksonville city budget contains no money for updating or expanding the medical examiner’s office —that’s despite an increased workload and overcrowding from drug-overdose deaths.

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee approved just under $58,000 Wednesday to fund Hemming Park through the rest of the fiscal year.

The park’s leadership, Friends of Hemming Park, has been under scrutiny for how it spent a million city dollars over the last year.


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The Jacksonville City Council will have to decide whether to take more than $4.5 million away from downtown improvements or find the money elsewhere.

The Council Auditor presented his overview of the mayor’s proposed budget Thursday morning.

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Jacksonville’s Mosquito Control Chief John Shellhorn says he’s surprised the city hasn’t had any Zika virus cases.

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The consensus at Thursday’s budget hearing was Jacksonville’s Finance Committee wants Parks and Recreation funding spent wisely.

Mayor Lenny Curry is proposing giving the Parks, Recreation and General Services Department nearly $1.5 million for projects, from the city’s Capital Improvement Plan. That’s an increase from a half-million last year.

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It remains to be seen whether Jacksonville libraries will get more operating hours and resources this year.

City Council members discussed how libraries serve the community Friday morning.

Jacksonville public libraries suffered significant budget cuts in 2012. But Library Board Chair Erin Skinner says she’s hopeful as a new City Council discusses the budget and the Capital Improvement Plan.

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee considered funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Williams was on hand to answer council members’ questions.

“We’ve done a lot of work prior to today to prepare you know working with the council and the mayor’s office,” Williams said. “But I think this is the kind of meeting you get when you have a council and a mayor and a sheriff that really do work together every day.”