Published: May 21, 2014 5:54 PM EDT
Updated: May 21, 2014 6:12 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's your money, and the city of Cape Coral has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of it on new equipment. Last year the city's public works department complained that their machines kept breaking down.

Cape Coral resident John DeGennaro was able to see his tax dollars at work at the public works open house. "I wanted to see first-hand the people, and the equipment they use, and how things get accomplished in the city," he said. "I see that everything is state of the art."

That state of the art equipment is thanks to an estimated $700,000 to $800,000 the city spent over the past year to buy it, according to Chris Camp with public works.

WINK News is learning the public service tax, passed last year, is one reason the city is starting to spend money to replace broken down eqipment.

Video from November 2013 shows how rusted and old some of it was getting.

"They have gone seven years with having to band-aid their equipment for so long," said Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki. "We are coming out of it, and we are starting to get some revenue we're being able to put towards it."

"They can't spend enough money on equipment. I find the professionals with the best skills get the best work out of the best equipment," said DeGennaro.

The city's public service tax was hotly contested last year. Some people oppossed to it said the city had a spending problem, not a revenue problem.