Hillsborough County commissioners will preside over a public hearing on
May 13 to decide whether a 1 percent sales tax for transportation will
go on the November ballot. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the
All People's Life Center, 6105 East Sligh Ave., in Tampa.
According to Tampa attorney David Singer, the additional sales
tax would position Tampa as a desirable place to live and work in an
increasingly competitive environment where cities are vying for the best
"If you look at other communities like
Charlotte, Phoenix and Denver, you see the type of success that we know
the Tampa Bay region will also have in terms of keeping our young
people here once they graduate from college; (young people) we don't
want to lose to other communities." Singer has been coordinating a
campaign for Moving Hillsborough
to improve transit throughout Hillsborough County.
Singer says the 1 percent sales tax will be used
for rapid transit as well as for road improvements. "Seventy-five
percent of every penny will go go to rapid bus service and light rail,"
says Singer. "Twenty-five percent will go to road improvements. For the
first 10 years we will focus on Hillsborough County rather than roads
within the Tampa city limits."
Singer, Pinellas and Pasco counties are looking to Hillsborough to see
how voters feel about the proposed sales tax increase as they plan their
own transit improvement budgets. "Their transit will provide
connectivity between their communities and Tampa's high-speed rail
Singer says Moving Hillsborough
Forward is comprised of a cross-section of Tampa residents. "The great
part of MHF is that we have Democrats, Republicans, leaders from both
business and labor. We have teachers and home builders. It's a wider
spectrum of ideologies, professions and ethnicities than any other
movement could hope to have."
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Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: David Singer, Moving Hillsborough Forward