Council members lack curiosity about cop costs

It appears that taxpayers in Jacksonville are going to pay for more police officers — whether they are needed or not.

The Finance Committee of the City Council approved the budget for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Aug. 10 without asking any relevant questions about the need for 40 new police officers requested by the sheriff and approved by the mayor.

We asked the sheriff’s office about the discrepancy between a declining workload and a request for more manpower and got no answer, despite the sheriff’s pledge of openness and transparency.

The haphazard approach of the council is somewhat disconcerting. They are supposed to be the oversight on budgetary matters, not to rubber-stamp what is requested by every agency.

The other media apparently are not concerned. Most are liberal and only interested in the government spending as much money as possible.

The full council will take up the $7.7 billion city budget for 2023-24 on Sept. 26. It won’t be too late then to ask the multi-million question: why are more police officers needed?

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


One response to “Council members lack curiosity about cop costs”

  1. I would hope that the city would have to look at part of the government and require specific actions and not general appropriations. But whether it’s federal state or local if you have lots and lots and lots of money to spend around then 75% of the influencers will say: it’s great because I got more money too!!

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