The City of Brooksville will receive more than $1.8 million via the landmark $117 billion spending plan for Fiscal 2023-2024 signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on June 15. A total of $600,000 of those appropriations are derived from budget requests made by State Sen. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) and State Rep. Jeff Holcomb (R-Spring Hill).
Specifically, the city received $375,000 for the Brooksville Master Lift Station Modification, $150,000 for the street sweeper, and $100,000 for the Brooksville Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System.
“This is an IT project that deals with infrastructure, information systems or computer technology,” said Brooksville Mayor Blake Bell.
Funds for all three represent a 50/50 revenue match from the City, Bell said.
“That means they (the State budget) give us 50 percent, and we match the funds 50 percent,” he said. “In addition, the City of Brooksville received more than $500,000 for a Water Masterplan to be used to modernize our aging infrastructure.”
Finally, Brooksville also received a $750,000 Small Cities Community Block Grant to relocate water mains, install fire hydrants and pave streets.
Bell said the appropriations demonstrate that DeSantis supports small cities.
“Brooksville appreciates the friendship of Gov. DeSantis,” Bell said. “He understands Florida’s heart is in the small towns across our state (and) the support he has shown for our small town is very much appreciated.”
Fiscal 2023-2024 begins in Florida on July 1.