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Jacksonville Mulls Gas Tax Hike For $930M In Projects

Downtown Jacksonville
Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority have been meeting with City Council members about a possible increase and extension of the local gas tax that would pay for a $930 million list of transportation projects.

WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reported that Curry said Tuesday the city has been able to pull together bigger capital improvement project budgets in recent years, but "we still have a long way to go and a lot to catch up on, and a lot to invest."

The city now has a 6-cent local gas tax in Duval County and can go as high as 12 cents under state law. Thirty-one of Florida's 67 counties use the maximum 12-cent rate, including Clay and Nassau counties, according to JTA research. St. Johns County is at 6 cents.

In Duval County, the 6-cent tax raises about $30 million per year, according to the Times-Union, which reported the multi-year list the tax would cover includes covers dozens of projects in the areas of road construction and maintenance, drainage improvement in road corridors, sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and transit.

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