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Jacksonville City Council Focuses On Project Volt, Overcrowded Morgue Tuesday Evening

Jacksonville City Hall
Ray Hollister
Jacksonville City Hall

At tonight’s Jacksonville City Council meeting, the topics will range from an unnamed solar manufacturer known as Project Volt to addressing issues of overcrowding at the medical examiner’s office.

The medical examiner’s office has to go through the council to receive $206,000 in emergency funds to begin to process of adding 40 more refrigerated spaces, and more offices to handle the increased workload.

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Project Volt is also a piece of legislation on the Council’s agenda, which is described as an international solar panels and modules manufacturer. While the manufacturer has eight global locations, Jacksonville would be the first U.S. location.  

The proposal has Volt bringing 800 jobs by December 31, 2019 with an average wage of $46,346.

The manufacturer would invest $410 million in equipment and the renovations of existing facilities.

Volt is looking for a public investment from Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund Program, which has a proposed incentive of $5,000 per job.

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The council meeting starts at five at City Hall downtown. 

Joslyn Simmons was a WJCT News intern for spring 2018.