Miami-Dade Scores Big Share Of State Dollars

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Miami-Dade was the big winner when it came to state money handed out to counties after Gov. Scott signed the new $74.5 billion budget on Monday.

Miami-Dade will receive more than $1.7 billion, about 65 percent more than the county with the next-largest share, Broward, which took in a shade over $1.05 billion.

Rounding out the top 10 for state funds were Hillsborough ($695.4 million), Alachua ($688.5 million), Duval ($625.8 million), Orange ($542.1 million), Leon ($507.9 million), Palm Beach ($435 million), Pasco ($252 million) and Lee ($220.7 million).

The figures don’t account for the funding that comes from the state’s classroom spending formula or programs like the Medicaid health system for low-income Floridians. The projects listed for individual counties account for more than $9.5 billion of the $74.5 billion budget currently being weighed by Gov. Rick Scott.

They also don’t account for things like prisons located in the counties, and the numbers don’t include a spate of multi-county projects also broken out by the Legislature in Friday’s report.

Finally, Scott is likely to strike some projects from the budget with his line-item veto, which could change the numbers at least slightly. Scott has until May 24 to decide what to do with the budget.

The county with the least to show in direct spending from the budget, which takes effect July 1, is Union County in rural north Florida. It received just $176,225. Only two other counties had less than $1 million: Liberty, which had $218,917; and Wakulla, which takes home $416,884.

Rounding out the bottom 10 were Lafayette ($1.2 million), Gilchrist ($1.3 million), Dixie ($2.8 million), Hardee ($3 million), Jefferson ($3.5 million), Franklin ($3.8 million) and Gadsden ($5.1 million).

Overall, 17 counties took home more than $100 million each, with two counties (Sumter and Seminole) missing that mark by less than $5 million. And 17 collected less than $10 million.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.


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