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Jacksonville City Council Moves To Institute JEA Charter Changes

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Jacksonville Daily Record
JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters

The Jacksonville City Council has finalized broad changes Dec. 8 to JEA Article 21 in the city charter.

The Council’s 19-0 vote approves rewrites to eight charter sections, adding protection from attempts to sell the city-owned utility and increasing transparency in the JEA’s procurement process, executive contracts and board appointments, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Council member Michael Boylan led the Article 21 rewrite with city Deputy General Counsel Lawsikia Hodges over a year. He chaired workshops that started in November 2019 as public pressure mounted against an attempt to sell JEA.

“It was my role to facilitate this work and to have each and every one of my colleagues offer some input — a lot of input in many instances,” Boylan said.

The JEA charter changes are separate from Council’s special committee investigation into the JEA’s privatization effort.

The committee is expected to produce a final report by Jan. 13. 

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