JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How do you drop the price of new building by $2 million in one month?
That’s what Mayor Alvin Brown is asking Councilman Clay Yarborough, who recently changed his initial proposal to construct a new Supervisor of Elections Office from $8 million to $6 million.
Yarborough wants a new SOE Office to be constructed on city-owned property either in LaVilla or somewhere else.
"It would make more sense and be a more prudent expense for taxpayers if we were to develop a site, build a new building, consolidate the operations, and then take any proceeds that we might get from the sale of the Monroe Street site and put that toward paying for the new facility and move forward in that direction and have a building that would hopefully last us for several decades in to the future," the councilman says.
But Mayor Brown’s position remains that they should consider all the city-owned buildings that can be fixed up to handle a consolidated SOE Office.
“Why don’t we use what the taxpayers have already paid for?” the Mayor asks.
Brown tells WOKV his administration will soon release their findings from looking at city properties. Two possibilities right now are the Ed Ball and Yates buildings. He says they can work it out where the funds that they would spend are nominal; and they can work with a company in the private sector to upgrade a building.
“The last thing we need downtown is another massive government building costing millions of dollars,” he says.
Elections Supervisor Jerry Holland currently works out of two offices: one city-owned downtown office and one in the Gateway shopping plaza which is leaded. The new site would be a consolidated location.