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$3 million proposed to help nonprofits and utility customers

Hanna Holthaus
Florida Times-Union
City Councilman Reggie Gaffney announces a proposal to allocate $3 million toward JEA bill assistance and nonprofit grants.

Councilman Reggie Gaffney announced his intent on Monday to reallocate $3 million in previously reserved federal funding.

Two-thirds of the money would go toward helping Jacksonville homeowners and renters pay outstanding JEA utility bills. The last million would continue Gaffney’s previous goal of giving grant money to nonprofits with the potential to reduce the city’s crime rate.

“We are in a recession right now, and I want to tell you all that help is coming,” Gaffney said during the press conference, standing in the City Hall atrium. “This probably isn’t going to solve everybody’s problems, but this is a start.”

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