JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The City of Jacksonville launched a new program to plant free trees on public right of way areas, but it needs more money to keep up with the demand.
The City said it has received approximately 1,200 requests since the program was implemented a few months ago.
A new bill was introduced Tuesday to transfer $1.6 million from the tree protection fund for the tree planting program.
It’s a small dent in the tree protection fund, which has roughly $25 million available for tree plantings in Duval County.
The funding is being increased because the original appropriation of $200,000 has already been spent, according to the city.
Documents show each tree costs around $1,100 to $1,500. Homeowners can request up to two trees for the right of way in front of their homes.
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