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RECAP: Jacksonville City Council approves budget, talk efforts to secure JEA pensions

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office added about $42 million to its budget with divisions like investigations, personnel, and homeland security taking the most.

The mayor of Jacksonville's unanimous streak for his budget approval rate was broken on Tuesday night – but only barely. 

Mayor Lenny Curry's budget was still approved 18-to-1 during a busy City Council meeting.

Highlights to Curry’s fifth budget as Jacksonville’s mayor include a stable property tax rate. Meaning the owner of a $150,000 home and $50,000 exemption would see $1,144 in tax go toward city efforts, not accounting for school funds.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office added about $42 million to its budget with divisions like investigations, personnel, and homeland security taking the highest percentage of the money.

UF Health’s 8th Street complex also getting a significant chunk as part of a six-year deal which continues to improve the hospital.

JEA privatization also on City Council’s agenda including legislation to secure JEA employees and retirees.

If any deal were to happen – whoever would take over the utility would not have a financial obligation to the unfunded pension and sale proceeds would go into a general pension fund.

READ MORE: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190924/jea-board-jacksonville-city-council-approve-financial-protections-for-employees

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