City approves $10.5 million for JSO, 90+ jobs saved | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford says more than 90 officers' jobs are saved.
Tuesday evening, Jacksonville's City Council voted to award the Sheriff's Office $10.5 million for next year's budget.
Rutherford said the money will save a number of officer's jobs and keep the Matrix House open, a drug treatment center.
The Sheriff had originally asked for $6.1 million back from the City Council that he had turned over as a surplus from the 2011 fiscal year.
The City Council instead approved a substitute bill to give an extra $4.4 million to JSO, totaling $10.5 million.
That substitute bill was passed by a vote of 14-4.
While the JSO officers and the Matrix House employees will keep their jobs, the Community Service officers were fired Friday and will not get their positions back.