You just paid to keep the water taxi running on the St. Johns River.
The city of Jacksonville is finalizing a deal that involved buying two boats for more than $300,000.
"The money existed to be able to do this. We thought it was important enough," said Chief Administrative Officer Karen Bowling. She says the money is in the city budget, but she couldn't say exactly where .
Bowling tells our partner Action News that spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars was the best option to keep the taxi's running through the busy summer season. "We don't want it to disappear or to do a bad deal.
The current operator, Jacksonville Water Taxi, is planning to run its final routes on Friday. It cited months of significant losses and a lack of a contract with the city as the main reasons.
We're told the boats will be coming from South Florida and should arrive sometime Friday so they can be on the water Saturday.
The city is working to reach a final agreement with a company to operate the boats on a temporary basis, until a permanent solution can be found.
A long-term solution is still up in the air. A city council committee decided to hold off for at least a week on issuing a request for proposals for a new operator.