Jacksonville, FL City council gets first look at plan to hike gas tax, extend Skyway

Members of Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday morning started to hear from stakeholders in the proposed gas tax increase and how the money would be used for infrastructure needs across the city, including a massive expansion of the polarizing Skyway.

Mayor Lenny Curry first proposed last month that Duval County double the local gas tax from 6 to 12 cents per gallon to fund major projects.

The increase would generate nearly $1 billion in revenue over 25 years that would be split between the city and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and go toward 72 infrastructure projects across the city, including building new highways and streets and getting homes off septic tanks.