- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville taxpayers will have to fork out $415,000 to install temporary seats for the upcoming TaxSlayer bowl.

The Florida Times-Union reported Sunday (https://bit.ly/2fZQUPP ) that the Jacksonville City Council is being asked to dip into city reserve funds to take care of the expense.

The newspaper said that the city contract to host the Dec. 31 bowl requires a certain amount of seats to be available. The Jacksonville Jaguars had removed some permanent seats as part of a recent renovation of Everbank Field.

The city of Jacksonville already provides up to $350,000 in stadium expenses to host the game. While it knew it would have to install temporary seats this year, Mayor Lenny Curry’s office mistakenly left out the cost in this year’s budget, City Council President Lori Boyer told the newspaper.

Information from the Florida Times-Union: https://www.jacksonville.com

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