Jacksonville's 2013-14 budget is up more than 12 percent from last year, with most of the increase coming from the sale of land in the watershed for $680,000.
Jacksonville's budget, approved by City Council in June, is $7.66 million, up from $6.8 million last year, and residents can expect to see some city fees go up in 2014-15 in order to maintain services and facilities, city officials predicted.
The town and the Motorcycle Riders Association entered into a sale and land-swap agreement last year that brings the cash and a 40-acre area with parking adjacent to Forest Park. The off-road group gains 380 acres of upper watershed land next to its other holdings.
Most of the land-sale proceeds have already been designated for specific purposes in the budget, including:
In preparing the budget, officials noted that fees will need to be increased in coming years to continue support of services and infrastructure.
— Tony Boom
Read more in the Mail Tribune later this week.