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Higginbotham seeks ways to advance transit, meaning buses, without new taxes



Hillsborough County commissioners agreed Wednesday to dust off past studies, and to do some fresh rooting of their own, to see if there is a way to expand mass transit without raising taxes. Commissioner Al Higginbotham, who made the suggestion, made clear he wasn’t doing so to advance light rail, per se, after voters rejected a sales tax hike last month to pay for trains, buses and road work. Nor is he proposing to extend the existing half-cent sales tax, known as the Community Investment Tax, past its current end date in 2026 to pay for mass transit, he said. He said he mainly is looking for a fresh assessment of money available to local government that can get put toward transportation upgrades generally, including roads and buses.
“All we want is to have our county look at these numbers and see if there was a stone unturned,” Higginbotham said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 6:18pm]


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