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Your Money: New Bill Would Change How Council Approves Large Projects
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Your Money: New Bill Would Change How Council Approves Large Projects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There may soon be more oversight when Jacksonville City Council spends your money on larger projects. The possible change comes after a First Coast News investigation.

In May, we told you about a new synthetic soccer field at Losco Regional Park in Mandarin that cost $660,000. Councilman Art Shad pioneered the project without the thought of saving money and without full council approval.

If Councilman Bill Bishop had a chance to vote on Shad's state-of-the-art soccer field, he said the outcome could have been much different.

"Probably would have voted no, considering that the cost of that project far exceeded anybody's understanding of any sort of rational payback.  So I probably would have voted no on that. You could buy a whole lot of sod for what that AstroTurf costs," Bishop said.

Bishop is introducing a bill Tuesday evening that would create sweeping change to the way council members can spend four accounts, worth millions of dollars, in the Capital Improvement Program.

"What we have at the moment is sort of an in-run around that intent by saying that because the fund was appropriated, that's all they have to do," said Councilman Bill Bishop.

"So now we have projects that could be several million dollars that are not looked at by council individually, so we have to tighten that up. Anything over $100,000 to be spent on any one particular project also then has to come back to council for approval," Bishop explained.

If you want to give city council your feedback, there will be a public hearing July 26 at City Hall. 

Then it is scheduled for a committee vote on August 2 and a full council vote on August 9.

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