Finance Committee review of 2018-19 city budget to begin Aug. 16

Review begins with presentations by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue Department.

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Mayor Lenny Curry is expected to deliver his third budget as the city’s chief executive July 23.

City Council’s review of the 2018-19 general fund budget will begin Aug. 16 with presentations by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue Department.

Council Finance Committee Chair Greg Anderson released the eight-meeting schedule Monday.

The committee meetings are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16-31.

Anderson’s first meeting will include a 15-minute briefing by Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa and a nearly three-hour budget overview by the Council Auditor's Office.  A 90-minute presentation by the Fire and Rescue Department, a nearly two-hour review of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office proposed spending plan and 20-minute reviews of the council and Office of General Counsel budgets will round out the day. 

Here is the rest of the review schedule:

• Aug. 17: Jacksonville Public Library; Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority; Office of Inspector General; Military and Veteran Affairs Department and the Information Technology Division.

• Aug: 22: Duval County Tax Collector; Office of the Supervisor of Elections; Duval County Clerk of the Courts; Office of the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit; Office of the Public Defender; Planning and Development Department; and Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. 

• Aug. 23: JEA; Jacksonville Transportation Authority; Jacksonville Aviation Authority; JaxPort; Downtown Investment Authority; Office of Economic Development; Office of Sports and Entertainment; Community Redevelopment Areas; and the Cecil Field Trust Fund.

• Aug 24: The city’s various boards and commissions will present budgets along with the Kid’s Hope Alliance; Neighborhoods Department; Department of Public Works; Downtown Vision Inc.; and the Employee Services Department. 

• Aug. 28: A review of the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget and an analysis of the city’s debt funds.

• Aug. 30: Review of the city’s pension accounts and the Finance and Administration Department budgets.

Anderson has set Friday, Aug. 31 as a day to review any departments which did not present and will include any enhancements or budget recommendations by individual council members.

The Finance Committee will submit its initial approval on Sept. 5, with legislation expected to be filed by Sept. 10.

The full council is expected to vote on the various budget bills at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Curry will have until Sept. 30 to sign the legislation, veto the budget or allow it to become law without his signature before the city's fiscal year begins Oct. 1.