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TaxWatch targets First Coast 'turkeys'

10:10 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida TaxWatch is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to veto $107 million dollars in spending in the budget, calling specific projects "turkeys."

Areas all over Jacksonville, from the roadways to the river depend on tax dollars, but until Governor Scott signs the budget in to law, they're all in limbo.

It's the 2013 Turkey Watch.

Between the all the pork, red meat, and now the turkey, it's tough to keep track of the farm.

But Florida TaxWatch has laid out the projects designed specifically for politician's hometowns -- the turkey -- that they think needs to be cut.

"If they are good projects, they should be added up front. They should not be waited until the very last minute when people don't know," said Kurt Wenner of TaxWatch.

On this year's chopping or butcher block:

-Improvements to the Clay County Courthouse ($300,000)

-A $100,000 grant to the Duval Justice Coalition

-A dining hall at Flagler College ($400,000)

And while they're not targeted for a takedown this year, the St. Johns Riverkeeper has been on the turkey list before.

So this go 'round, they took pains to plead their case to the Governor to get the St. Johns River Management District the $7 million in funding Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman said they need.

"We all went out on the St. Johns so he would understand why it's so important," said Rinaman.

But Governor Scott has not yet said when he plans to sign the budget, or issue any vetoes for funding.

So while the St. Johns River isn't on the turkey list, Rinaman said she's worried they'll get put out to pasture.

"Until everything is signed, sealed and delivered, you're anxiously awaiting," said Rinaman.

If you want to take a look at all of the projects TaxWatch thinks the governor should veto before signing the budget, here's the full report.

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