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St. Johns River Ferry future uncertain

11:07 AM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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St. Johns River Ferry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The future of the St. Johns River Ferry service is uncertain, according to the Florida Times Union.

Mayor Alvin Brown's proposed budget for 2013-2014 has nothing for the ferry service.

The mayor's budget proposal estimates the service would cost $700,000 in taxpayer subsidies to cover the cost of the ferry.

It sails from Heckscher Drive to Mayport year-round.

The paper says the city council wants to figure out a balanced budget without making significant cuts to other services like the police department.

The T-U says the city council has said that raising property taxes is an option.

Jacksonville Port Authority chips in $200 thousand and the city puts in another $200 thousand. However, the Jacksonville Port Authority subsidy won't continue into the next fiscal year.

The state department has committed $1 million dollars for repairs to the ferry in December.

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