special districts

Some counties have special taxes they collect to support their local hospitals that treat needy patients. The counties send that tax money to the state, which is able to pull down federal matching funds. That money then goes back to those 20 counties and ultimately to their hospitals. But a change in the Senate would require those districts to share with more than 40 others in the state that don’t have those extra taxes. And some say that “Rob Peter to Pay Paul” system isn’t fair:

Governor Rick Scott has ordered a review of all of Florida's special taxing districts. Scott wants to see whether the districts are serving their purpose, and how they spend money. Lynn Hatter reports it's similar to an effort last year that focused on public hospitals and water management districts.