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.