Jacksonville City Council votes down proposed tax hike, approves JaxPort funding

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is reacting to an eventful city council meeting. The council voted down a proposed tax hike – and approved more than 70 million dollars for Jaxport funding. News4jax reporter Ashley Harding is live Downtown.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville City council voted down a proposed tax hike and approved more than $70 million for JaxPort funding Tuesday night.

According to the Florida Times-Union, council members said they voted against raising taxes because of the pandemic.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry reacted to the eventful City Council meeting on social media.

The mayor’s proposed budget still has to be debated and given final approval by the City Council. It includes millions for public safety, along with maintenance and upgrades to infrastructure.

The money City Council members voted to approve for JaxPort will be used to deepen the shipping channel to allow bigger cargo ships to go through the port.

Some environmentalists have said they’re against the project. But Curry said it will help in growing Jacksonville’s economy.

The dredging project began in 2018 and will take several more years to complete.

The final price tag is expected to be around half a billion dollars.

About the Author:

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013. She reports for and anchors The Morning Show.