July 14, 2020
In The Public Interest

Local CARES emergency bill

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced yesterday that he is asking City council to pass emergency legislation to allocate funding from the federal Covid-19 relief funding during a special council meeting to be held Monday, May 27 at 1 pm.

Jacksonville’s general fund is receiving $159 million from the federal CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) recently enacted by Congress.

Mayor Curry proposes to use these tax-payer dollars to help local citizens pay rent, mortgage, and utility bills ($40 million in increments of $1000 per qualifying household); and support Covid testing ($34.5 million), city revenue losses ($46.5 million), and small businesses and job retention ($17 million).

He is also asking that $20 million “provide additional funding to entities that are managing or operating city-owned facilities.” The proposed legislation does not name these entities or facilities. It also does not describe how the Curry administration arrived at $20 million as the appropriate amount of subsidy.

The bill may be read here:

The public may participate in the Monday special meeting via zoom.

Written by
Sherry Magill

Sherry Magill is a community leader and retired private foundation executive. She is a co-founder of Jaxlookout.

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