County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, a Democratic primary candidate for state representative, joined several of her party’s leaders last weekend in bashing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Here's one of her claims:
“It’s interesting to watch our governor claim all the jobs that are being created right here in Broward County by Broward County government. Right behind us, you’ll see our airport, where over a million dollars a day are being expended by Broward County government to extend our airport.”
She went on to object that “the governor continues to take credit for the jobs that are being created not just by this county government, but by other counties and cities around this state.”
Interesting assertion. Except that the county isn’t footing the bill for the jobs through the construction project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Here are the sources of money for the $791 million dollar runway and terminal 4 reconfiguration, which expands the number of gates and allows room for a new taxiway:
Florida Department of Transportation, $120 million.
Federal Aviation Administration, $250 million.
Ticket taxes paid by passengers, $421 million. (Government doesn’t like to use the word tax, so that tax is called a “passenger facility charge” that everyone pays when buying a ticket.)
The figures came from the airport’s public information officer, in response to a request for budget info.
None of the money is coming from taxes levied by county commissioners. But much of the money is coming from state government. The county commission is passing through the money from elsewhere.
It was held at the Dania Beach tri-rail station, which is basically across the interstate from the airport.
Jacobs is a county commissioner, but that’s not how she introduced herself to a phalanx of television cameras.
Before her turn to speak, Broward Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar told reporters that “what I’d like to do now is introduce our next speaker, our former county mayor, current County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs.”
When Jacobs got to the mic, this is what she said. “Thanks Mitch. Good afternoon. I’m Kristin Jacobs. I’m a mayor here in Broward County.”
Jacobs served a one-year turn in the largely ceremonial position of county mayor (it used to be called chairing the County Commission) from November 2012 through November 2013.
Since November, Commissioner Barbara Sharief has been mayor.