Tuesday, October 01, 2019

NE Fla. Regional Council Stunned By Surprise Jax City Council Vote To Stop Payments (WJCT)

Sense of entitlement here with PR-oriented Northeast Florida Regional Council and North Florida Transportation Planning Organization.

Reminds me of the Administrative Conference of the United States.  After I wrote a "No Sacred Cows" item for Common Cause Magazine in 1989, Congress looked at ACUS, defunding it from 1995-2010,

NE Fla. Regional Council Stunned By Surprise Jax City Council Vote To Stop Payments 

  SEP 27, 2019 
This week, the Jacksonville City Council passed a last-minute budget amendment to end the city’s annual financial contribution to be part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.
Councilman Al Ferraro introduced the proposal. 
“I was assigned to that [the Northeast Florida Regional Council] in my first year, and I had a difficult time figuring out what they do for our city, and I never really got an answer,” he told fellow councilmembers. “And as I worked and worked and worked through the last four years, I found there are some things that they do, but as taxpayers we're not getting our money's worth.”
The Northeast Florida Regional Council is one of 10 regional councils created by state mandate. It serves Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, and Duval counties along with 26 municipalities.
The NEFRC assists member counties and cities in three main ways: economic development, emergency and disaster preparedness, and planning and policy issues.
The city of Jacksonville has been a member since 2001 and pays a $380,000 annual fee. As the largest county in the region, Duval pays the biggest share of dues, or about 20% of the regional council’s annual operating budget.
Beaches Councilman Rory Diamond, who along with Westside Councilwoman Randy DeFoor was appointed liaison to the regional council in July of this year, was quick to voice his support for pulling Jacksonville out. 
“I'm on this Regional Council, and I'm seriously struggling to figure out why we are spending almost $400,000 for it,” he said. “This is just a very advisory body that, in my opinion, isn't doing anything that the city of Jacksonville couldn't do for itself.”

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