As council fights over hiring lawyer, JEA spending millions on outside advisers

As Jacksonville City Council plans to debate Tuesday night if it should hire outside council to help it evaluate the potential sale of JEA, the utility has already hired its own slate of outside advisers, agreeing to pay up to $1.3 million in fees to seven law firms and potentially tens of millions of more dollars to two investment banks.

Two of the law firms were hired before the JEA board voted in July to authorize its staff to begin a year-long exploration of privatization methods.

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