The project that brought Jacksonville a new courthouse, baseball stadium, arena and library downtown....is now broke.
Back in 2000, voters approved a tax hike to fund the $2 billion dollar Better Jacksonville Plan, but our partner Action News has learned that funding has run out.
"They haven't done what they said they were going to do," taxpayer Angel Starr said.
"It's actually looking like 'Worser Jacksonville' than 'Better Jacksonville'."
Starr remembers voting on the plan more than a decade ago. She thought it would improve her neighborhood's roads. "What keeps us going is the Better Jacksonville Plan," she said.
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," Councilwoman Lori Boyer said.
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," she said.
Action 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.