Jacksonville City Council approves record-setting $1.5B budget

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – City Council on Tuesday night gave its approval to Mayor Lenny Curry’s record-setting $1.5 billion operating budget for the city of Jacksonville.

“I want to thank the City Council for approving my 2022/23 budget at tonight’s meeting,” Curry said on Twitter. “This budget reaffirms our commitment to neighborhoods, infrastructure, and public safety. As we gear up for #HurricaneIan, we realize, now more than ever, the importance of these investments.”

The final budget focuses on parks and development along the river and downtown, including the former site of the Jacksonville Landing. As part of his final budget, the mayor proposed a $25 million investment for a new park at the site.

Curry is also budgeting $15 million for Metro Park renovations, $7 million for extending the Riverwalk to Metro Park and helping to relocate the Museum of Science and History -- MOSH -- to the new Kids Kampus being developed across from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office headquarters downtown where the Fire Museum has been moved and where the USS Orleck will eventually be docked.