More police, more programs for people leaving prison, better roads and water are just some of the things Jacksonville’s mayor said were funded in just-approved state budget.
Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that the Florida Legislature appropriated $1.85 million in funding to Jacksonville to be used for public safety, transitional housing for released convicts, a bridge project and a stormwater project.
Curry said this is the first time in six years the city has secured appropriations funds from the state, and is largely due to the city hiring two lobbying firms to work
"This is what winning looks like," Curry said. "This is only the beginning. We're going to continue build relationships in Tallahassee ... and bring our fair share back home."
The state funding includes:
- $250,000 for community-oriented policing, which helps the city meets a federal great to hire, train and deploy 15 additional police officers.
- $900,000 for the Jacksonville Re-Entry Center, which will allow them to serve over 1,000 people with transitional housing to help convicts released from jail and prison avoid unoffending.
- $500,000 for the Moncrief Dinsmore bridge replacement
- $202,450 for a stormwater improvement project
Funding for the St. Johns River Ferry and other projects for northeast Florida were vetoed again by Gov. Rick Scott.
:You can't get everything you want, but Jacksonville has truly had a great year," Sen, Aaron Bean said.
Bean also noted the city's biggest win was the passage of a bill that would allow the extension and repurposing of the half-cent sales tax to be used to pay down the city's pension debt.
"I want to brag on our delegation because we sometimes fight like cats and dogs because were on different sides of the isle, but on local issues, we're all on the same team," Sen. Aaron Bean said. "This pension reform issue was our No. 1 priority."