Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry plans to spend nearly $500 million on brick-and-mortar projects during his last year in office, coinciding with big-dollar outlays in local tax revenue.
“It’s a good time,” Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes said Thursday, as members of the mayor’s budget review committee went through the pieces of the capital-reform budget, asking for Curry to recommend to the city council on July 21. are ready for. The 2022-23 operating budget is expected to be approximately $1.5 billion.
Hughes called the $485 million project list a “95 to 98 percent complete draft” of capital plan administrators, who are preparing to match Curry’s priorities in areas ranging from public safety to the arts and entertainment.
Separate capital plans for stormwater projects ($11 million) and solid waste ($6.15 million) increase the total package to about $502 million, though Hughes said minor changes are expected.
Curry, whose capital offer was $495 million last year, described the draft plan as “aggressive”. one of many tweets Thursday highlighted elements of the package, which serves a variety of reasons.
In some of his tweets, Curry cited $20.5 million in allocations to renovate or relocate seven fire stations; $28.3 million for river bulkhead projects, much of that city; and $10 million per year for unspecified resilience projects.
But the full project list in the draft proposal reflects the diversity of projects on the one-million-person city’s bankroll – and how expensive they can be.
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UF Health Jacksonville, which works under deep agreements with the city, has received a total investment of $120 million to continue a year-long cycle of $20 million improvements.
Work on widening Chaffee Road on the Westside will be proposed to receive $17.7 million in the coming year, on top of the $12.5 million Curry requested last year.
Improvements to the city-owned 121 Financial Ballpark, where the Jumbo Shrimps play Triple-A baseball, were estimated to cost $10 million in the coming year and $24.8 million in total to meet Major League Baseball’s facility requirements. Is.
The city’s commitment to cost-sharing for Jaguar’s $120 million sports performance center, called the Miller Electric Center, is expected to cost the city $24 million this coming year on top of the $36 million already provided. plan is.
A further $25 million is expected to be proposed to phase out failed septic tanks by expanding sewer service. That’s only half of the amount allocated last year, when city officials projected $50 million to be spent in the coming year.
Hughes said JEA officials handling the phaseout were told there was “no way” the $50 million could be used in the coming year. Instead, the spending plan shifts $25 million to be used in the 2023-24 budget.
The draft plan also includes $7.2 million – on top of the $12.8 million already provided – to support Northbank’s move to Museology and History for Riverwalk and site improvements.
Another $5 million has been invested to begin development of “Shipyard West Park” near MOSH’s planned site. An additional $10 million is planned for the 2023-24 budget year.
Other items in the draft include $8.2 million to replace the old Brentwood Branch Library with a new facility; $6 million to continue development of the McCoy Creek Greenway; and $5 million to complete a major set of upgrades to the Jacksonville Zoo.
Although the capital plan is written each year to plan projects over a five-year horizon, commitments beyond the 2022-23 budget year are particularly uncertain as Curry will leave office on June 30, 2023.