Governor vetoes funds for Newberry meat processing plant
June 15, 2023
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor DeSantis signed next year’s budget today, and the veto list includes $1.75 million for a proposed meat processing plant in Newberry that has been championed by County Commissioner Anna Prizzia. The money represents a third of the projected cost of the facility; Alachua County has allocated $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, and the County has applied for federal funds to make up the rest.
The meat processing plant has generated significant opposition from members of the public, who continue to speak during General Public Comment periods at County Commission meetings, although a number of people showed up to support the facility at an April meeting.
Newberry City Commissioner Tim Marden said, “The governor made some difficult decisions in this year’s budget, but at least we began the discussions; maybe we’ll have better luck next year if we try again.”
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