If there has been neglect of some areas of the city as alleged, but not proven, apparently it may be rectified over the next five years.
Closer examination of the city’s proposed Capital Improvements Plan shows $3 billion in spending on infrastructure is planned.
Furthermore, the spending for the five-year period covered by the plan envisions a whopping 42 percent will be done in four City Council districts where some claim there has been neglect.
To date, a special council committee charged with promoting “social justice” and infrastructure has not produced much evidence to show that those districts have lacked improvements.
But even if they have, the plan proposed by Mayor Lenny Curry should result in substantial improvements for districts 7,8,9 and 10, if the plan is approved by the council.
Of $847 million in spending over the next five years, those four districts in the northwest part of the city would get $355 million. The remainder would be spread over the other 10 districts in the city.
The projects include road paving, drainage, libraries, fire stations, recreational facilities, sidewalks and street lighting.
In addition, there are projects that spill across districts and a number of those are in the four northwest districts. Also, there are projects considered countywide that involve improvements in those districts. Thus, the total spent in those areas will be even more than $355 million.
Some of the projects require more than five years, which is why the total is higher than it is for five years.
Curry’s plan does not require a tax increase.
Eye on Jacksonville has requested information from the mayor’s office on spending throughout the city over the past 10 years, but so far has not been provided with any information. Curry is known for maintaining tight control over public information.
The local media has shown little interest in the work of the special committee, preferring instead to write vague stories about “injustice” without actually showing where any has occurred.