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Proctor to Leon County: Stop funding downtown CRA

Proctor to Leon County: Stop funding downtown CRA
Proctor to Leon County: Stop funding downtown CRA
Posted at 6:09 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:52:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - County Commissioner Bill Proctor says funding should be suspended as the FBI investigates dealings involving the city and the CRA.

He says it's a matter of principle and transparency.

He's sent a series of emails to city and county officials, saying the money used to fund downtown CRA projects could be channeled into projects that aren't under investigation.

Proctor says the county government is subjecting itself to what he calls "extreme degrees of credibility loss" by being associated with the city government and downtown CRA.

He said the FBI investigation is a "wake up call" and that the reputation of Leon County's government is negatively affected when it serves on an agency that's under federal review.

"Money is flipping hands, according to things that we've learned," said Proctor. "There just needs to be a pause until we can figure out if in fact there's something to warrant our review and our continued support for the downtown CRA."

Proctor has asked the board of county commissioners to "cease and desist funding for now" on any downtown CRA project. As for the grand jury investigation, that's set for next Tuesday, July 11th.