Jacksonville City Council approves budget for year 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.2 billion budget for the year 2020.

There had not been much opposition and debate over the plan, which was presented by Mayor Lenny Curry in July. The vote Tuesday night was 18-1. Councilman Garrett Dennis was the "no" vote.

The budget had called for some public safety upgrades, like more money for the real-time crime center and body cameras.

The city has more money to work with this year because housing values have increased and that has led to more property tax dollars being collected.

Some council members were looking for some slight changes in the budget. For example, shifting $4 million from JEA’s advertising budget to other areas of the city and allowing more money for improvement projects in each council district.

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