Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday that his administration will file legislation to invest in neighborhood infrastructure needs and continue septic tank phaseouts throughout the community.
In March, Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) launched the Jobs for Jax initiative to address transportation and infrastructure improvements in Jacksonville. According to research from the University of North Florida, Jobs for Jax could create more than 7,640 jobs and generate an economic impact of approximately $1.6 billion.
The legislation, ORD 2021-0223, will provide the opportunity to extend and expand on a current dedicated revenue source to address long overdue infrastructure needs throughout our city. Additionally, this legislation creates an oversight committee comprised of subject matter experts and private citizens to give additional oversight of the plan.
Mayor Curry said, “With this legislation filed, Jacksonville is moving closer to fulfilling decades old promises in neighborhoods throughout our city. Jobs for Jax will have a tremendous impact on the quality of life for citizens across Northeast Florida, improving neighborhood conditions and generating economic opportunities. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on City Council to earn their support for this significant investment in Jacksonville's future."
Upon approval of the Jobs for Jax program, transportation infrastructure projects would have a dedicated, long-term funding source, freeing up funds in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Additional legislation, ORD 2021-0235, would amend the CIP to allocate $50 million each year for the next two years for a total of $100 million to move neighborhoods onto the City sewer system.
"This legislation is integral to the future of our city, and their passage will be a strong demonstration of our City's commitment to keeping the promises made to these communities decades ago. I urge my colleagues on City Council to support this significant investment in our future and prove that we are a community that is true to our word," said City Council President Tommy Hazouri.