Tallahassee, Florida -- A local state lawmaker is calling for an investigation into funds used for a state website he says may never go viral.
Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, says the Department of Revenue's "One-Stop Business Portal" is in trouble. Back in 2012, a bill called on the department to create the website which would allow businesses to submit applications for licenses, file documents and do many more tasks -- all in one place.
Dudley says $3.7 million were allocated to the project and nearly $2 million of it has been spent, yet the portal is more than a year behind schedule.
"I sent a letter to the governor and to the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate, and requested we do hearings to get to the bottom of this to find out who did wrong. Why did $2 million of taxpayer money get wasted and what were going to do about it?" Rep. Dudley said.
10 News reached out to the Department of Revenue and this was their response:
"The Florida Legislature has appropriated $3.7 million for Phase I of the project. As of March 5, 2013, $2,257,884 has been spent in development and licensing costs, leaving a balance of $1,454,524. Remaining Phase I costs are estimated to be $611,827, which leaves $842,697 available to be applied toward future development."
"[...] Although the State owns everything related to the project to date, except for licenses that are subscription-based, the Department is in consultation with the Attorney General's Office and is exploring all legal remedies available to the State in order to fully protect the best interests of the State."