Mayor signs bill to restore city services

City also ends contract with private company to run parking garage

Published On: Apr 02 2013 03:18:09 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The mayor made it official Tuesday. Some city services that were cut for budget reasons have now been restored, thanks to money the city discovered had been unspent.

Mayor Alvin Brown signed a bill allocating $2 million. The money will be used to turn streetlights back on, maintain city right-of-ways, and restore janitorial maintenance in city parks.

Some money will also be used for economic development.

The City Council had passed the bill a week ago by a 16-1 vote.

The city says it's also saving money by ending a contract with a private company that has been running one of the downtown parking garages.

The garage on Duval Street near the Main Library had been run by Metropolitan Parking Services.

The city has decided to let the contract expire and run the garage through the city's Office of Public Parking.

It says that will reduce expenses by at least $100,000 a year.

The city will take over the garage on June 1.