Nacogdoches and Lufkin leaders object to having several local projects listed as a 'waste' of taxpayers' dollars. Both cities were listed in the 'Pig Book, a collection of 'pork barrel' spending published by a citizens watchdog group.
Two hundred thousand dollars appropriated to the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center is categorized as 'wasteful spending.' City leaders say a federal loan that was forgiven recently enabled the city to maintain 'low to moderate' income jobs.
In Lufkin $300,000 to the civic center was listed as 'wasteful government spending.' The same amount for bus and vehicle replacement can be found in the Pig Book.