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Norman and Iorio talk trains and taxes



Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is one of the biggest champions of a sales tax to pay for light rail for the region. On Monday, she had lunch with Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman, one of the biggest detractors of the current light rail proposal. The commission is set to vote Nov. 4 on whether to put the sales tax question on the ballot in 2010.

“We talked about sports and city/county budget issues and of course rail. And we did talk about the referendum," Iorio said. So did she bring Norman over to her way of thinking on an issue that could be her most significant legacy when she leaves office in 2011? Uh, no.

“He and I may not agree on the rail issue, but we are friendly about it as I think we should be," Iorio said "But I did want to make sure I touched base with him prior to this going to a vote so I would understand what his concerns were.”

Meanwhile, budget cuts have forced the city to eliminate the transit manager position that Iorio created in 2006 to help boost light rail and other efforts. According to the city's budget book, the post had a $100,214 salary attached to it.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:10pm]


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