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Jacksonville city budget up for final vote

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayor Lenny Curry's One City-One Jacksonville spending plan for the upcoming year is up for a final vote Monday night by the city council.

The proposed budget that does not call for a millage rate increase is for l $1.1 billion dollars to cover the daily expenses of running the city.

Curry, who campaigned on public safety, proposed 147 new police officers to cover positions lost in previous years. The proposed budget - with the recommendation of Sheriff Mike Williams - calls for adding 95 positions: 40 police officers, 40 community service officers and 15 additional officers through a federal grant program.

The budget also calls for public library hours to be expanded with an appropriation of an additional million dollars.

The downtown mess on Liberty Street is also scheduled to be fixed since a portion of the riverfront bridge collapsed last winter. To cover this expense has the city willing to spend $37 million.

Curry also made promises to commit resources to help rebuild neighborhoods and fight crime. The Jacksonville Journey is the city's arm of government designed to address juvenile crime. The budget proposes spending $3 million more dollars with the city still studying ways to best spend the money.


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