State Budgets

Osceola County gives approval to rail project

The Osceola County Commission has voted unanimously to support the Central Florida commuter-rail project. The vote came Monday after a week's delay as commissioners looked for ways to fund the county's share other than with a nickel gas-tax increase. The commission had previously expressed support for the project but delayed approval so staff could review potential funding options. The county must come up with about $27 million to pay for initial construction costs for its 9.6 miles of track. On Monday, County Auditor Kathy Wall told commissioners there are "plenty of methods available to the board," which she said the county manager will propose during the budget...