Transit tax vote backers organize
March 19, 2010
Hillsborough County Commissioners haven't approved putting a referendum on November's ballot to increase the sales tax by 1 cent to pay for light rail and other transportation projects, but that hasn't stopped supporters from gearing up to gain enough votes.
Paperwork was filed Wednesday to create a political issue committee called Moving Hillsborough Forward to push for passage of the referendum.
Commissioners approved the wording of the ballot language Wednesday. It calls for 75 percent of proceeds to be used on "transit, including local rail and an expanded bus system for express, local and neighborhood service" and 25 percent to go for road improvements and other transportation projects.
Gary Sasso, chairman of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a seven-county economic development organization, will chair the coalition, according to a news release.
"We can no longer afford to do nothing," Sasso said. "We are already losing economically to competitor regions that have invested in their transportation systems. We need this comprehensive transportation plan to attract new businesses to Hillsborough to keep and multiply jobs."
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