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No money for Better Jacksonville Plan

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Updated: 7/25/2013 9:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- In the last decade, Jacksonville's skyline has changed.

There is a new courthouse, a new baseball stadium, arena and a library downtown. It's all thanks to the voter-approved Better Jacksonville Plan. Voters even approved a tax hike to fund the 2-billion dollar project. But Action News has learned the Better Jacksonville Plan is now broke. "They haven't done what they said they were going to do," said Angel Starr.

Starr remembers voting on the plan in 2000. She thought it would improve her neighborhood's roads. "What keeps us going is the Better Jacksonville Plan," said Starr.

Part of the money did. Action News uncovered that 17 road projects approved under the plan haven't even been started and likely won't. "We do not have the funds available under BJP," said Councilwoman Lori Boyer.

Boyer says there is just no money left. It was partly funded by a half cent sales tax from voters, but that didn't bring in the money they were hoping for. "These are projects that need to be done in the community," said Boyer.

We asked the mayor Wednesday about doing more road projects since city council filled the budget gap by raising taxes for the next fiscal year. He said it would be council's decision.
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doug1 - 7/25/2013 3:05 PM
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INSTEAD OF RAISING PROPERTY TAXES, WHY DON'T WE RAISE THE LOCAL SALES TAX BY 1-2 CENTS? THAT WAY WE ALL PAY. NOT JUST PROPERTY OWNERS, RENTERS AND. THOSE ON WELFARE SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE,TOO. WE ALL LIVE HERE SO WE SHOULD ALL PAY. MAYOR BROWN YOU LOST MY VOTE. NEVER VOTE DEMOCRAT. DOUG1

whosaysnocan - 7/25/2013 6:12 AM
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How could anything else get done when so much money was dumped into that Courthouse? It still is having problems. I did not vote for this "Better Jacksonville Plan." It was just another smoke screen for the politics of those in charge. Unfortunate for all that pay taxes on our property. If the oversized FBC that as blocks of downtown paid some taxes, there would be much less burden on those that just want to do what is in the best interest of Jax. Ah, what a pipe dream!
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