Oil spill could mean troubles for local governments and schools, ABC Channel 27 WTXL Tallahassee, June 10, 2010:
We know people along the coast are already hurting because of this oil spill. It's resulted in a drop in reservations at hotels and charter boat trips. As ABC 27's Jerry Hume reports, it could also mean troubles for local governments and schools.
"We're 98 percent under our normal occupation," said Kellie McQueen, owner Indian Pass Campground.
That's big trouble when tourism is a 60 billion dollar a year industry in the state.
"That generates 4 billion dollars in sales tax collections, 21 percent of all sales tax collected from the state of the Florida is by someone that doesn't live here. ... So less tourism dollars, means less money from the sales tax and that would mean less money for schools, human services, police, government and other public programs.