Jacksonville City Council passes $160 million stimulus bill

Council unanimously passes stimulus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved a plan to put money directly into the pockets of Duval County residents.

Included in this bill, 40,000 families will be given $1,000 which will be loaded onto a card. Applications are scheduled to begin next week.

To qualify applicants must be Duval County residents, make $75,000 or less, and have lost 25% or more in income due to COVID-19. Applicants must also prove employment as of Feb. 29.

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Appointments will be made through the City by phone or online where a person will pre-qualify.

The money will be put on card that will have to be picked up in person downtown. To prove income, a pay stub, bank statements, or a letter from an employer will have to be provided along with ID and Social Security number.

The funding for this comes from $160 million the county received as part of the federal CARES Act program.

The other $120 million in the stimulus bill includes:

  • $12.5 million for the City’s emergency relief fund.
  • $20 million for city-owned or operating facilities.
  • $25 million to make up for lost tax revenues to the city from COVID-19.
  • $26 million small business relief money.
  • $35 million for COVID-19 testing.