By: Mike Springer
May 19, 2013
Tallahassee, FL-Nearly $600 million dollars from the Leon County Sales Tax is being divided up among various projects throughout the County. But how many of those projects are really blueprints for success?
There are 46 projects fighting for a piece of the BluePrint 2000 pie.
The Leon County Sales Tax Committee will decide who gets a slice.
So far, the list includes potential projects like a $5 million dollar North Monroe Gateway and more than $100 million dollars in improvements along Capital Circle Southwest.
"There are a lot of smaller projects that are starting to work their way into the BluePrint. I'm not sure that's consistent with the big projects that are going to affect everybody," said Steve Stewart, who's been following the BluePrint projects closely.
Stewart says he has a hard time backing projects he says impact only impact a small number of people like the streetscaping and road improvements being proposed at Midtown.
But he says projects like the improvements along Capital Circle SW near the Tallahassee Regional Airport he can get behind because he believes those will affect a large number of people.
The projects Stewart has the biggest issue with are the 'Placemaking' ones. Four of them received a 'top priority' label from the committee including the $22 million Midtown project and the $7 million College Avenue project. Both are for streetscaping and roadwork.
But Steve Evans, Chairman of BluePrint 2000 says they all have value.
"You really have to look at the pieces and parts of every part of the community when you're developing an overall game plan. You can't leave pieces and parts out. So what one person might define as a niche another might define as a critical component," said Evans.
BluePrint 2000 expects to narrow down the projects further and have a final list by early 2014.
Voters will decide which projects get their backing.