Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry was very clear in urging the Jacksonville Metropolis Council to really decide concerning whether or not to maneuver a controversial monument.
“The Jax Metropolis Council ought to take a sure or no vote on the removing of monuments that symbolize the oppression of individuals. The folks of Jax, that elected you, should know the place you stand. They elected you to make selections,” Curry tweeted Tuesday, as a sequence of audio system in favor of sustaining a accomplice monument in Springfield Park spoke in favor of a referendum on the subject.
The referendum “Metropolis Removing of Historic Monuments and Markers On Metropolis-Owned Property” would pose one query: “Shall the Metropolis of Jacksonville take away historic monuments and markers, outlined as mounted belongings which can be identifiable due to specific historic, nationwide, native or symbolic significance, on Metropolis-owned property?”
The general public listening to Tuesday evening was a precursor to the referendum invoice doubtlessly shifting into committees subsequent week and to the total Metropolis Council thereafter.
Curry’s proposal to maneuver the monument was rebuffed final 12 months by Metropolis Council committees, earlier than being withdrawn forward of a probable no vote by the total Council. The Mayor’s Workplace mentioned $1.3 million could be mandatory for a secure removing of the ‘Monument to the Girls of the Southland’, and Council members balked on the price ticket.
Metropolis Councilman Matt Carlucci launched a decision final month compelling a brand new plan for monument removing by July 26, capping the price for monument removing at $500,000, with “different funding” sought to cowl inevitable price overage. He mentioned that submitting was a “subsequent step in shifting Jacksonville ahead.” That invoice is caught in committee.
“I’ve heard folks … I’ve developed,” the Mayor mentioned. “The others within the metropolis shall be eliminated as effectively.”
However the Council holds the facility of the purse and has but to be moved by his arguments on this difficulty.