Last Tuesday, my fourth budget was unanimously approved by my colleagues on City Council.
Together, we have produced four balanced budgets that continue to demonstrate fiscal stewardship and a strong commitment to investing in the priorities of Jacksonville citizens.
Those investments include:
- $30 million increase for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, including funding for a Real-time Crime Center
- $17 million increase for the Fire & Rescue Department, to fund additional personnel, fire stations, and rescue units
- Funding to develop important downtown properties including The Shipyards, Lot J, The District, Laura Street Trio and more
- Funding to restore and reclaim the historical significance neglected Pinehurst, Memorial, Sunset, Hillside and Mt. Olive cemeteries
- Funding for expanded library hours, new personnel, and $850,000 for new materials
- 5-year, $25 million program for capital improvements at the city-owned Jacksonville Zoo
- $12.4 million in road improvements
- $2.6 million for new pedestrian crosswalks
- $9 million for sidewalks
- $12.4 million to reconfigure the Hart Bridge off-ramps
- $6 million in drainage fund projects
We have accomplished a lot over the past three years, but the work does not end here. My administration and I will continue to govern with a sense of urgency and address the issues and concerns of the people of Jacksonville.