John Dingfelder proposes parks tax
Tampa City Council has been getting an earful from people who say higher park fees are pricing them out of services they've depended on for years. So Council member John Dingfelder on Thursday proposed a solution: A $1 monthly fee for all property owners in Tampa that would net $2 million a year. That would be more revenue than the $1.2 million annual haul the department expects to collect from the new fees.
When Dingfelder proposed the idea, Council member Mary Mulhern offered this zinger: "It can be the Dingfelder parks tax proposal." Mulhern, who cast the lone vote against the proposal, quickly said she was joking and after the meeting was apologetic about the flip remark, which totally rattled Dingfelder. He's making a run for the Hillsborough County Commission, and it's rough to be painted as a pro-tax kinda guy in a public forum, especially from a fellow Democrat. So far, Dingfelder has no primary opponent. Two Republicans are in the race: Ruskin businesswoman Anne Madden and Trey Rustmann, a project director at Kforce.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer