Public invited to transit tax increase meetings
February 13, 2010
Hillsborough County has added two more public meetings to discuss transportation projects that could be funded by a 1 cent sales tax increase likely to go on the Nov. 2 ballot. The 5:30 p.m. meetings will be Feb. 22 at All Peoples Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave., and Feb. 23 at University Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St.
Two other meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hillsborough Community College's Plant City campus, 1206 N. Park Road, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Freedom High School cafeteria, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., New Tampa.
The new meetings were added after Commissioner Kevin White complained none of the seven meetings were in working-class neighborhoods, where residents would most likely use mass transit funded by the tax. Commissioners indicated they plan to put the tax hike on the ballot, but on Wednesday delayed that. White said his support for the measure is conditioned on meetings scheduled near "people most affected and the most ridership and use."
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority has three "open houses" on the transit tax and possible projects: Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at Loretta Ingraham Community Center, 1611 N. Hubert Ave., Tampa; Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m. at University Square Mall, Center Court, 2200 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tampa City Center Esplanade, One Tampa City Center, downtown Tampa.
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