Budget

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Jacksonville City Council will vote this month on the proposed spending plan for the upcoming year. Council is set to discuss the budget Sept. 14 and finalize it Sept. 28 before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.  

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The Jacksonville City Council began the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday, with the Finance Committee meeting for its first of seven scheduled budget hearings. 

Many Spending Issues Unresolved After Fla. Legislature’s Weekend Talks

Apr 19, 2021
Florida State Capitol
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Florida lawmakers trying to piece together a roughly $100 billion state budget for the coming year spent the weekend trading offers on everything from teacher pay raises to more money to help mothers with newborn children.

Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond
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Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond plans to introduce a bill that would remove council members’ salary increases from the annual budget bill.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed 2019 budget bumps up spending on the city’s public libraries.

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Story updated on 7/24 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented a $1.2 billion budget to City Council Monday.

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As the Duval County School Board works on a draft of next school year’s budget, it will have to find a way to cut $62 million from its current commitments.

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After weeks of uncertainty, the directors of Florida programs meant to reduce infant mortality are breathing a sigh of relief.

Lawmakers Wednesday agreed to keep their funding the same as last year instead of slashing it by 30 percent, which is what Senate leaders wanted to do.

Florida Legislature Reaches Budget Deal

Mar 7, 2018
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House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, indicated Wednesday afternoon that legislative leaders have reached agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Congress has passed a funding measure that keeps the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) going through March — the program insures hundreds of thousands of kids in Florida.

But without a permanent solution in place by the end of January, many families could see their coverage lapse and Governor Rick Scott won’t say whether they should be worried.


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Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday unveiled his last budget proposal as the state’s chief executive in Jacksonville.

Scott said it represents a historic investment across the board.


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The Duval County School Board is considering changing several of its budgeting practices after overspending by about $18 million in the 2016-2017 school year.

Board members got a look at the results of an internal review of the budget Tuesday afternoon.


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In a show of governmental unity Thursday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Sheriff Mike Williams, Fire Chief Kurtis Wilson and State Attorney Melissa Nelson had a wide-ranging discussion on public safety and the city’s newest budget.

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The Jacksonville City Council has authorized 100 new police officers to be added to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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The Jacksonville City Council is expected to approve its annual budget Tuesday evening.

One of the most contentious issues has been whether council should approve a priority of Mayor Lenny Curry: hiring 100 new police officers.

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For the third year in a row, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is making public safety the focus of his proposed budget.

Curry presented the spending plan to City Council Monday morning.

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Duval Schools could invest more in professional development for teachers while putting less money into the district’s emergency fund. These are among the possibilities, as Florida public schools face uncertainty over how much state funding they’ll have for the next school year.

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The Duval County School Board will continue budgeting for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money it’s working with.

Florida Governor Rick Scott hasn’t said whether he’ll sign a massive education bill, HB7069, that would increase teacher bonuses but significantly cut capital dollars for traditional public schools and encourage charters to replace failing schools. Duval board members are calling for Scott to veto it.

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The Jacksonville City Council approved a budget of more than a billion dollars Tuesday evening.

The spending plan focuses on public safety and paying off pension debt.

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The Jacksonville City Council will have to decide whether to take more than $4.5 million away from downtown improvements or find the money elsewhere.

The Council Auditor presented his overview of the mayor’s proposed budget Thursday morning.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry unveiled an austere city budget Monday that “reflects the constraints that we face due to increasing pension costs.”

Many services are remaining at minimum levels, while nearly a third of the whole budget is going toward pension costs.


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Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Wednesday signing 53-pages’ worth of tax cuts into law.

The recurring and one-time cuts total $400 million.

But that’s significantly less than what Scott asked lawmakers to pass this year.


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Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking the Legislature to pass a $79.3 billion state budget next year.

At a news conference in Jacksonville Monday morning, Scott went over some of the highlights of his Florida First Budget.

One of those highlights is a substantial revision to how the state doles out money for indigent health care.

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The Jacksonville City Council is asking for more information about a homeless day shelter that’s set to close at the end of this month.

Dozens of shelter advocates showed up at City Hall Monday night, pleading for funding to not be cut from the city’s budget.

 


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The Jacksonville organization that protects people from discrimination is struggling under an overwhelming caseload.

The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission lost three workers last year due to city budget cuts, and funding isn’t increasing this year.


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House and Senate budget negotiators struck a deal on a state spending plan Monday night moments before the stroke of midnight, pouring $301 million into projects at the last minute and closing out one of the more-raucous legislative debates in recent years.

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A second day of negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers over a spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 seemed to highlight longstanding divisions between the two chambers even as legislators tried to come to agreement.

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In a move echoing recent congressional budget showdowns, Florida Governor Rick Scott is asking state agency heads how much money is essential to simply keep running.

The information gathering is for next month, when state lawmakers return to Tallahassee to try again at making a budget.

The first stab at crafting a state budget didn’t work. In an extremely rare move last month, the Florida House of Representatives went home early instead of reaching agreement with the Senate over state funding. A special session in June is planned to finish the job.

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The City Council will take a final vote Tuesday night on next year’s city budget following months of back-and-forth between the group and Mayor Alvin Brown's office.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan issued a statement Thursday condemning former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse against his fiancé. The shocking violence was recorded on an elevator video camera.

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