Hillsborough County tops 'budget turkey' list

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- A Tallahassee research institute identified Hillsborough County to have the highest number of funded projects the governor should veto in the state budget.

Florida TaxWatch dished out its annual turkey budget report. Its purpose is to make sure all public dollars are properly vetted.

They focus on the process in which individual projects were funded by lawmakers as opposed to the merit of the project.

READ: Florida TaxWatch's full 2014 Budget Turkey Report (PDF)

Taxwatch recommends the governor veto more than $25 million given to Hillsborough.

That list includes:

- $12 million – Port of Tampa Bay – Gantry Crane

- $5 million – USF College of Medicine

- $3 million – Fla. Conservation and Technology Center

- $2.5 million - MOSI

- $800,000 – Hillsborough Homelessness Initiative

"Some of these projects may serve important statewide or local functions but it's about preserving, protecting and maintaining the integrity of the budget process," said Robert Weissert with Florida TaxWatch.

Pinellas County saw an allocation of $4.4 million.

Governor Rick Scott received the budget on Tuesday. He has 15 calendar days to act on it.


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