Jacksonville City Council Members Prepare For Monday's JEA Workshop

Nov 22, 2019

The second in a series of information-gathering workshops about JEA and its proposed sale is set for Monday morning.

The organizer of the workshops, District 6 City Councilman Michael Boylan said Friday the goal is to learn as much as possible about the city owned utility - including its operations and finances.

Key to any transfer of ownership is the City Council.  Its role in the process was made clear in the first workshop.

Related: Highlights from the first meeting along with an archived video stream

“We learned that the authority of the sale, or redisposition if you will, of JEA clearly is the responsibility of the Jacksonville City Council. And if it does involved a change or privatization of 10% or more of the assets it would go as a referendum for the voters to make a decision on,” said Boylan. 

Video Stream of Monday's Workshop

Monday’s workshop will take a deeper dive into the council auditor’s 2018 report on JEA’s intrinsic worth to the city.

“Not so much about the value of the asset per se but the value of the utility as it relates to the city. And if you read that report you’ll have a great appreciation for the many and varied ways JEA impacts the overall economy of our community” said Boylan.

The information session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Lynwood Roberts Room at city hall downtown.  The public is invited to attend.

WJCT will carry a live video stream of Monday's meeting from the City of Jacksonville on the WJCT Facebook page.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter at @cydwjctnews.