City Budget

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.37 billion budget to the Jacksonville City Council Monday. As it has in years past, the mayor’s spending plan focuses on public safety and economic development.    

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Mayor Lenny Curry and two City Council members were at Pinehurst Cemetery on Friday to help Public Works crews start clearing trees and brush as part of a 5-year multi-million dollar plan to clean up and restore historical African-American cemeteries in Jacksonville.

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

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On this episode of Redux: 

A look at Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed budget, the first since 2011 with some “wiggle room” to spend on infrastructure and other big projects like getting downtown ready for developers who might want some waterfront property.

Then, Democrat Gwen Graham swung through Jacksonville and picked up a couple of endorsements this week on her quest for the governor’s mansion.

A pilot program to help the homeless shows housing them first and providing other supports later is a big money saver.

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Updated at 2:20 p.m.:   

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.


A recent 90-day audit of the Jacksonville's city finances revealed serious problems with unsustainable budget deficits and looming challenges down the road, from pension obligations to how to pay for an expensive dredging project for the St. Johns River. We discuss the findings of the audit and what could be next for the city with A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics.


At-large City Councilman and former Jacksonville mayor Tommy Hazouri joins us for a wide ranging discussion on everything from the city budget, the debate over Jacksonville's human rights ordinance and more.


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Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry signed off on next year’s city budget Wednesday after City Council unanimously passed it Monday night.

 

Curry held the signing at the North Florida Criminal Justice Center, where the new police officers provided for in the budget will be trained.

 


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More money for infrastructure and for programs to help at-risk young people are among the changes in the newest Jacksonville city budget.  The 19-member City Council passed the new spending plan Monday night.


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Jacksonville City Council President Greg Anderson is proposing a solution to infrastructure woes on downtown’s Northbank.

Orange blockades and “caution” signs still line the riverfront after parts of Liberty Street collapsed into the water over the the past few years.

 

Anderson’s plan would cost the city less, $37 million instead of a previous estimate of $65 million, and be completed sooner.

 

 

 


Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.14 billion city budget proposal to the City Council on Monday. His spending plan calls for more police officers and firefighters, as well as money for roads, bridges and libraries, among other things. We discuss the budget with regular contributor A.G. Gancarski of Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.


We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Matthew Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry's new budget proposal, Duval County Chief Judge Mark Mahon recinding his order prohibiting photography at the county courthouse, and more.

We get a preview of Players by the Sea's production of "Aida" from director Bradley Akers.

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New Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry dined with City Council members at a City Hall luncheon on his first full day in office, Thursday.

 

Curry filled the Council in about the status of the city’s budget and talked ideas.

 

 

Curry began the meeting by announcing he will be literally unlocking a door that separates City Council from the mayor at City Hall. Curry says the door has been locked up for years and puts up an unnecessary barrier between the legislative and executive branches.

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The City of Jacksonville has $50 million more than previously believed, according to a recent audit. Jacksonville City Councilwoman Lori Boyer says the newly freed-up money is the result of more than a decade’s worth of accounting errors.

Wednesday at City Hall, Boyer said more than $500 million had been incorrectly accounted for.

But she says the funds were not spent inappropriately.