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Hillsborough commissioners like PTC just fine



Hillsborough commissioners voted to take a stand in opposition to a bill from one of their former colleagues, state Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, that would do away with the county's Public Transportation Commission.

The board voted unanimously in opposition to the bill, which goes to the Hillsborough County legislative delegation for consideration next week. Commissioners appeared most to object to aspects of the bill that would have the county take over part of the responsibilities of the PTC, which regulates cars for hire such as taxis and ambulances. A county analysis found that it would likely cost more money for it to handle those responsibilities at a time when it is already seeking to cut other programs.

Storms says the agency has been rife with shenanigans that have gone unaddressed for years by the PTC governing board, which consists of elected officials from the county and its cities. Many of the companies it regulates seem happy with the setup as it is and are  generous donors to political campaigns.



[Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:14pm]


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