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BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

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
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

WJCT News

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.

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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.

Mayor Curry Submits $1.34B Budget To Jax City Council; No Tax Rate Change

Jul 15, 2020
Jacksonville City Hall
BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry offered a $1.34 billion budget Wednesday that leaves tax rates unchanged and represents nearly status quo spending after a year of extraordinary challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacksonville City Council President Tommy Hazouri
Tommy Hazouri's Facebook page

City Council President Tommy Hazouri said Tuesday it concerns him greatly that Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration may come to the City Council with a “hurry up offense” for part of the Republican National Convention being held in Jacksonville.

Skyline view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jax.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Initially, Jacksonville city officials thought they received $159 million in Federal CARES Act funding. 

Jacksonville Skyline, featuring a large ship on the bank, and some tall buildings.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Finance Committee is looking at new sources of revenue for the city.

Sheriff Mike Williams walking in the center, surrounded by some security, and people around him, with a sign to his right that says "a moment is not a movement"
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s Office will be the focal point for the release of body camera footage involving police shootings at the local level, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

People holding up a Northside Coalition sign, someone in the back holding up another sign, outside of the courthouse
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Nine Jacksonville African American Civic and Social Organizations are urging the black members of the City Council to form a Black Caucus to represent underserved communities in the city. 

Mayor Lenny Curry walking in a crowd of people down the street toward the Duval County Courthouse.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

As Jacksonville officials look for answers and policy changes to address local racial inequality issues, the City Council is forming a new Social Justice and Community Investment Committee.

The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 to 4 Tuesday to expand the city’s human rights protections.

Two flags waving in the wind off of a pole, on top is the U.S. Flag, and on the bottom is the LGBTQ+ flag.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

The refined Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination against people based on gender identity and sexual orientation made it through it’s first City Council committee Monday afternoon. 

Jacksonville City Hall
BRENDAN RIVERS / WJCT NEWS

There’s more stimulus money headed for people in Jacksonville following a vote by City Council on Tuesday night.

Hazouri Elected City Council President In 16-3 Vote

May 27, 2020
City Council President-elect Tommy Hazouri is pictured in this 2019 file photo.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Despite political pressure on his supporters, City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri, a Democrat, won election as the Council president for the 2020-21 year by a majority Republican Council.

Becton speaking in front of a glass podium in a hotel, a bunch of decorations in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Danny Becton is running for the Council presidency. 

Councilman Rory Diamond tweeted a letter from Becton declaring his candidacy. He will run against current councilman and former Jacksonville mayor Tommy Hazouri. 

Councilman Ron Salem sitting, looking out past a bench he is sitting at, there is a small mic in front of him. Painting in the background, and someone sitting to his right.
Via Ron Salem City Council Facebook Page

Jacksonville City Councilman Ron Salem on Monday outlined his proposed legislation that would put more power in the council’s hands when it comes to short-term incentive plans for the utilities’ employees, if voters approve a change to the city charter. 

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