Levy school, college money in final state budget bill

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Residents can contact governor's office to keep it, not veto it

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Startup money for a new Williston Middle/High School and Levy Campus for the College of Central Florida has been included in the state budget for 2014-2015 that was approved by the state Legislature last week and is heading to the governor's office. 

That might be a signal that Levy County residents should start contacting Gov. Rick Scott's Office to lobby him to keep the $4.3 million in planning and construction money for the college campus that would be located on 35 acres north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 and the $11, 471,700 earmarked for the Williston school. 

Both are just initial payments on projects that would cost about $14 million total for the college campus and $33 million for the middle/high school.  The money for the middle/high school would be paid over a three-year period, while the college money is a one-time allotment. The college will have to go back to the Legislature for more appropriations to complete the project. 

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