COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and the Collier County School District is spending $100 thousand so local bands can perform at Governor-elect Rick Scott's inaugural parade.
Scott, who is from Naples, invited the schools. But, he made it clear they would have to pay for the trip themselves. Now, some people are questioning whether the money should be spent for something else.
"I think its B.S. is what i think about it," said Naples High School graduate Jason Brick.
Brick says he doesn't think taxpayers should foot the bill to send more than 750 local band members to perform at the Governor's inauguration.
"Its not just pennies its a good amount of money," said Brick.
But, the district says it had funds left over from their fuel budget to help. Now, students from Naples High School, Barron Collier High School, Immokalee High School, Palmetto Ridge High School and Golden Gate High School will perform at the inaugural parade on January 4th.
"To be at the governor's inauguration would be a great thing for all those kids to experience," said Bill McLaughlin, a teacher.
Other taxpayers say the move is hard to take in a tough economy.
"I think its appalling i think they should give the school teachers the money cause we're like the lowest paid teachers in the nation," said taxpayer Mike Chalfin.
The school district wouldn't say whether the $20 thousand each school will get will be enough to cover all expenses for the trip to Tallahassee. Scott had said no tax money would be used for his inauguration, but now it seems because of his invite, that's exactly what's going to happen. The Scott Administration couldn't be reached for comment on this story.