Mayor Curry: Pension debt crippling city


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of members of Jacksonville's faith community came together Monday night to try to come up with answers to the biggest problems they believe the city is facing.

The group ICARE gathered at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church with the goal of addressing things like youth arrests, ex-offender re-entry jobs and homelessness. 

The group presented its solutions to Mayor Lenny Curry, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

Curry told the group that the only way to solve those problems is to take care of the city's pension.

"This pension crisis is crippling our financial future. But to be clear, solving this is about looking the voters in the eye and saying we're on the financial cliff, if we don't solve this Jacksonville will have some ugly and dark days ahead. If we do solve it, we'll have a bright and prosperous future," Curry said.

The mayor wants a half-cent sales tax to pay off the pension debt, as part of a referendum election that he hopes to schedule for August.