What does 'taxpayer funded' mean?

Huckfelt says it is important for people to experience the parks. After all, he said, “We own these parks…they’re taxpayer funded.”

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The phrase taxpayer-funded means funded by taxpayers (people who pay taxes). It's simple as that. I think the fact that it was not properly hyphenated is what threw you off. More generally, the compound adjective something-funded means funded by a specified entity. Here are a few examples:

state-funded means funded by the state

government-funded means funded by the government

US-funded means funded by the US


The pattern there is noun + past participle of a VERB.

The paraphrase is VERBed by NOUN(s) [sometimes pluralized].

The class elections were student-run. [run by students]

The medicine was FDA-approved. [approved by the FDA]

The dog was flea-bitten [bitten by fleas]

The handle of the tool was rubber-coated. [coated by rubber]

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