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Lack of transparency: whose interest is being served?

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Jacksonville FL, December 3, 20018 – City council defeated a transparency bill 16-3 at its November 27th Tuesday night meeting.  Introduced by At-large member Anna Brosche, the bill called for: posting email and text messages between lobbyists and council members, reporting of campaign contributions by those seeking city contracts valued at $1 million or more, and disclosure of city officials’...

The Open Government Movement

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Jacksonville’s city government could do a better job engaging the public and being transparent, according to the Task Force on Open Government report issued in late June (view or download pdf document here). It calls specifically for an easy to understand city budget, an improved city website and easier access to department heads and public records by journalists.  It also calls for regular...

Warts and Unfulfilled Promises in Our Consolidated City

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The celebrations leading up to the 50th anniversary in October of Jacksonville’s consolidated form of government will extol its successes. The warts and unfulfilled promises are just as important to remember. Two sons of members of the first City Council after the county and city governments were consolidated, Matthew Carlucci and Earl M.  Johnson Jr., are serving as co-chairs of a task force...

The Public Wealth of Cities

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Editor’s Note: In spring of 2018, the JEA board and Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration raised the question of selling JEA, arguably the city’s most valuable asset.  We asked retired UNF professor Elizabeth Furdell to review The Public Wealth of Cities by Dag Detter and Stefan Folster, a study about municipal assets. Two Swedish experts in public finance detail their solutions for cities...

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