Deegan plans to present the city’s budget on Monday with plans for three areas of focus

jacksonville, florida – Mayor Donna Deegan will submit the first 2023-2024 budget to the Jacksonville City Council on Monday.

Over the past two weeks, the Deegan administration has worked to develop a $1.7 billion spending plan for the city, even though much of the budget was planned by the previous administration under Mayor Lenny Curry.

“The fact that infrastructure is the biggest pillar of my campaign has never been a secret to me. There is a lot of crumbling infrastructure in this city that needs to be fixed,” Deegan said. .

However, urban infrastructure is not a quick fix. Potholes in roads, broken sidewalks in some areas, and several city swimming pools need repair. The city also has 23,000 broken septic tanks that will cost $1.5 billion to repair.

Deegan said the budget will focus on three areas: infrastructure, health care and the economy.

“Those are the three pillars that are sprinkled in my budget. What really supports those three pillars,” she said.

Earlier this week, Deegan announced a nearly $430 million construction and road project that will spend more than $200 million on a road and drainage project, $31 million on a fire station renovation and new facility, and $500,000 on pool maintenance. clarified the outline of

The Deegan administration has held a special meeting to discuss issues related to infrastructure, mainly resilience, how to deal with floods, and climate change.

These plans will not be included in the budget, but will be a priority under her administration.

City Council Speaker Ron Salem said he doesn’t believe there will be any surprises on Monday as his views are reflected in the budget.

Subject to City Council approval, the budget is expected to go into effect on October 1st.

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