Hillsborough, Alachua, Miami-Dade win in budget

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Four counties received more than $500 million in total allocations from the budget now awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature, according to data released by the Legislature this week.

Hillsborough County topped the list with more than $1.2 billion, while Miami-Dade lawmakers took home almost $1.1 billion for their constituents. Alachua County — home to the University of Florida — was third with just shy of $527 million, followed by Duval County with $518.7 million. Only two counties were allocated less than $1 million: Baker County, which received just $312,085, and Lafayette, with $54,893. On a per capita basis using the 2010 Census, Walton County was the top recipient of state money, taking in $3,881.75. Two more counties hauled in at least $2,500 a head: Madison County, at $2,702.44, and Washington, with $2,548.61 a person. Seven counties pulled in less than $100 per person, including Martin, Gilchrist, Taylor, Indian River, Citrus, Baker and Lafayette, which hit the bottom of the list at $6.19 per resident.

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