First look at Mayor Lenny Curry's proposed budget


JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – During the campaign and and the night he was elected, Mayor Lenny Curry talked a lot about his commitment to public safety.

A first look at his nearly $1 billion proposed budget for next year shows he's backing up his promises with dollars.

Curry is calling for $402 million to fund the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, which includes 32 administrative employees, 897 corrections personnel, 389 working in investigations and homeland security and more than 1,200 patrol and enforcement officers.

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue will receive $210 million. That includes 910 employees in fire operations and another 316 in the rescue division.

The mayor's capitol improvement plan for the next five years includes funding for five new fire stations, replacing four others and relocating another fire station.

Curry's budget address is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, and News4Jax.com will carry it live.

News4Jax obtained the two ordinances that will be introduced to City Council -- one calling for general spending and a second for capital improvement projects.

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