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Jacksonville considers more money for organization with ties to councilmen

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Jacksonville City Hall.

The city of Jacksonville is poised to boost its financial support to $150,000 for the Northeast Florida Fire Watch Council, an organization that strives to stop veteran suicides and has had ties over the years with City Council members Nick Howland and Rory Diamond.

Diamond, who has made veterans programs and ethics reform two of his top issues, sponsored legislation last year that tightened how the city awards funding to nonprofit organizations that employ City Council members.

Howland joined City Council in March after winning a special election. He was executive director of the Northeast Florida Fire Watch Council until August.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.