State Budgets $1M apiece for Marathon and Key Largo

BY JOSH GORE Free Press Staff

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

KEY LARGO — While the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District and the city of Marathon aren’t getting the $20 million each was banking on, state legislators did pencil in $1 million for each area before leaving Tallahassee last Friday.

The funding, however, can only be used for projects that create new jobs, and not to pay down debt, which the two entities had intended to do with the larger allotments.

It is unknown if Gov. Rick Scott will veto the $2 million before signing the state budget.

Peter Rosasco, a Marathon accountant who works for both entities, said Key Largo could use the money to help so-called unique properties — those that lie outside of the regular sewer service area — meet state-mandated wastewater treatment standards.

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