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Jax City Council Votes To Keep Duval County Property Tax Millage Rate Unchanged

Jul 28, 2021

The Jacksonville City Council voted 12-4 on July 27 to keep Duval County’s property tax millage tax rate unchanged for another year despite some members calling for it to be reduced.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the rate in Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed $1.41 billion 2021-22 fiscal year city operating budget will remain at $11.4419 per $1,000 of taxable property value.

Deal For Proposed $69.3M Talleyrand Facility Headed To Jax City Council

Jul 27, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A property tax incentive to help international construction products manufacturer CertainTeed Corp. develop a $69.3 million cross-dock facility at an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in Talleyrand is headed to City Council. 

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News file photo

Over the next couple of months, the Jacksonville City Council will debate and pass a new budget after Mayor Lenny Curry presented his proposed spending plan Tuesday.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.4 billion budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to City Council Tuesday, placing an emphasis on public safety.

City Council Approves $21M For Dun & Bradstreet HQ Move To Jacksonville

Jun 23, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council signed off on a $21 million local cash incentive package to bring financial services and data management firm Dun & Bradstreet Corp.’s headquarters to Jacksonville. 

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to pass legislation reallocating $19.9 million in federal CARES Act funding.

Jacksonville City  Council members Sam Newby (left) and Terrance Freeman
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council this week is set to install new President Sam Newby and Vice President Terrance Freeman into office.

Jax City Council Approves $99M RD River City Apartments, College Park Rezoning

Jun 9, 2021
This rendering illustrates the RD River City Brewery apartments planned to replace River City Brewing Co. on the Southbank.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has advanced two private mixed-use, multifamily developments on the Downtown Southbank and near the Arlington Expressway. 


The local gas tax in Jacksonville will be doubling next year.


The Jacksonville City Council has voted 5-13 against an amendment that would have required voter approval for a proposed 6-cent gas tax increase.


The Jacksonville City Council is considering amendments to the 6-cent gas tax increase proposal, which would be used to fund infrastructure projects across the city.

North Florida TPO

The plan to double Jacksonville’s gas tax from 6 to 12 cents is running into some potholes.

A Skyway train is pictured departing the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and City Council President Tommy Hazouri have filed a bill to add a six-cent tax to every gallon of gas purchased within city limits. 


In what was a heated meeting last night, the Jacksonville City Council approved a bill that would require each council member to submit, in writing, notification of whether they are accepting or rejecting any salary increases, much to the dismay of the original bill’s author, Republican Rory Diamond.

Jacksonville Mulls Gas Tax Hike For $930M In Projects

Mar 10, 2021
Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority have been meeting with City Council members about a possible increase and extension of the local gas tax that would pay for a $930 million list of transportation projects.

New home with septic tank

Jacksonville is spending more than $1 billion to remediate failing and leaking septic tanks in 35 neighborhoods.

City Council members met to discuss hate speech in city hall after a Jacksonville resident flashed what can be interpreted as a hate symbol in a recent council meeting.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council members are holding a series of conversations after a speaker at a recent council meeting flashed a hand gesture that is associated with white supremacists. 

Bill Requesting $260,000 Tax Refund For Project Robalo Filed With City Council

Jan 26, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council will review a resolution that would authorize a $260,000 city-backed tax incentive for an undisclosed national pharmaceutical and medical device distributor.

Once-A-Decade Jacksonville City Council Redistricting Begins

Jan 19, 2021
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries for Jacksonville City Council seats kicked off this month and will continue throughout 2021, a politically sensitive undertaking that can have consequences in districts where Republicans and Democrats have run closely fought races.

Jacksonville Councilman Carlucci Will Run For Mayor In 2023

Jan 14, 2021
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union, 2018 file photo

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci announced Thursday he intends to run for mayor in 2023, becoming the first candidate to enter what is expected to be a crowded race for the open seat.


District 9 Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis called for Mayor Lenny Curry to resign Thursday on WJCT News’ First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

“Lenny Curry and his administration is probably the most corrupt administration the city has ever seen,” Dennis said on air.

Jacksonville City Council Moves To Institute JEA Charter Changes

Dec 10, 2020
JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council has finalized broad changes Dec. 8 to JEA Article 21 in the city charter.

Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville at large City Councilman Matt Carlucci said Monday that the proposed Lot J development deal, future TIAA Bank Field upgrades and the Jaguars' stadium lease should be linked together.

DIA To Discuss, Vote On $450M Lot J Proposal Dec. 2

Nov 25, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority’s staff report on Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $450 million Lot J proposal will be complete no later than Dec. 1, according to the agency.


City Council President Tommy Hazouri has announced Tuesday's City Council meeting has been canceled due to "the health and safety concerns of COVID-19."

City Council To Consider Armory Redevelopment Agreement With Planned $23M Investment

Sep 21, 2020
The Armory Building at 815 N. Market Street.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville City Council will consider approving a lease and redevelopment agreement between the city and REVA Development Corp. for the Armory Building and an adjacent 3-acre site at its Sept. 22 meeting. 

Council President Hazouri Returns To Work Following Lung Transplant

Sep 3, 2020
City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Tommy Hazouri is back in the saddle as City Council president after stepping away for lung transplant surgery in late July.

Jacksonville City Council Votes Against Property Tax Hike

Jul 29, 2020
Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday voted 11-6 against an attempt to tentatively boost the property tax rate by 2%.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

At-Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci said Tuesday that City Council President Tommy Hazouri is “recovering very well” from a lung transplant over the weekend at the Mayo Clinic.

Council President Hazouri Has Lung Transplant Surgery; Newby Becomes Acting President

Jul 27, 2020
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

City Council President Tommy Hazouri’s team announced Saturday that he underwent “successful surgery” for a lung transplant.