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City of Jacksonville must determine how it will pay for its share of EverBank Field pools

6:55 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
Sketch of proposed improvements at EverBank Field.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On the heels of the Jaguars' disappointing loss to the Chiefs, the budget battle heats up over putting a pool in at EverBank Field.

The pool is a done deal, but who will pick up the tab? That is yet to be decided.

The $63 million in stadium improvements, including two swimming pools, is not included city spending plans for this year.

The mayor's office said the way it works, the city and the Jaguars need to amend the lease first and those talks will go forward as the Jaguars' season is underway.

Just where the money will come from has yet to be decided.  The Jaguars committed $20 million to help pay for the world's largest scoreboards. The plan is not to tap into the general fund, the city's operating budget. Bed tax dollars are among the options.
Mayor Alvin Brown says details are worked out.

"We got to do a lease agreement. There are some other things that need to happen before we do that. But I am very optimistic and excited about making sure we do have an upgraded, 21st century EverBank Field Stadium," Brown said.

No timeline yet on when the city council will get a look and a chance to vote on the funding details.

The expectation is to have the improvements in place by next September. Well before then, the city has to nail down how it plans to pay for its share, $43 million.

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