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.