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'Just Vote No'

A new lawsuit has been filed that seeks to knock that half-cent sales tax proposal for Jacksonville off the ballot in the upcoming August 30 primary election.

The lawsuit says the ballot language is too confusing and misleading, even illegal.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is leading the charge to get Duval County residents to vote “yes” on the measure to pay down the city’s massive pension debt. The mayor’s office says the referendum’s language meets all the requirements of state law.

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An angry Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry lashed out Monday against news media for reporting on the draft of a Sheriff’s Office task force report, which calls his pension tax plan “insufficient” to solve the city’s financial problems.

The report recommends a property tax hike in addition to Curry’s suggested sales tax extension.


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The Future Leaders of Jax Coalition, a non-partisan organization engaging young adults, wants to get young people to support a Jacksonville tax referendum that would help pay off pension debt.

FLJC is hosting an event Wednesday night at 6 at Bistro Aix in San Marco to discuss the tax referendum with Mayor Lenny Curry.

Curry’s proposed half-cent sales tax would go into effect in 2030 to free up pension money for other city projects.

Coalition co-founder Jenny Busby, who's co-hosting the event, is the aide to City Councilman Tommy Hazouri. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry unveiled an austere city budget Monday that “reflects the constraints that we face due to increasing pension costs.”

Many services are remaining at minimum levels, while nearly a third of the whole budget is going toward pension costs.


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A new University of North Florida poll of likely Duval County voters shows support for a pension tax plan is not universal.

Mayor Lenny Curry’s priority tax extension has support from just  41 percent of respondents.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a larger police presence has decreased street shootings.

After a shooting spike early in the year, the city gave JSO $1.5 million to pay for officer overtime — and Williams said more officers equals less crime.

 


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Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated a year since he was sworn into office Friday with a walk and lunch with residents in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood.

Protesters critical of the mayor’s response to police-involved shootings also showed up to meet him.  

 


City Audit Finds $317K Improperly Spent On Lobbying Firm

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JACKSONVILLE — A City Council auditor found that $317,000 that should have been used on city projects was spent instead on a consulting company, which is also a registered lobbying group.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Tuesday thanking first-responders for being prepared for Tropical Storm Colin, which passed through the First Coast Monday evening.

Media Roundtable Week In Review

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and WJCT News analyst John Burr.

Topics include Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's warning of a property tax increase if voters don't approve his sales tax referendum to help pay off the city's pension obligations, Governor Rick Scott calling on President Barack Obama to fund preventative measures against the Zika virus in Florid, and more.


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Although it’s been 52 years since Jacksonville has seen a hurricane, city officials don't want residents to have a false sense of security.

Director of Duval County Emergency Management Steve Woodard was giving a tour of emergency headquarters downtown Wednesday, the first day of hurricane season.

On the May 2016 edition of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney speaks with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and current City Council President Greg Anderson about the city's upcoming pension referendum.

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Jacksonville Republican State Representative and congressional candidate Lake Ray is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

After Trump’s win in Indiana Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday, Ray says Trump is the inevitable nominee.


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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is getting some stiff competition for Congressman Ander Crenshaw's soon-to-be vacated district 4 seat from within his own party.

Representative Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, is joining the fray for the August Republican primary.

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