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Oldsmar tech company gives $25,000 to Friends of Greenlight



An Oldsmar technology company has helped nudge the Friends of Greenlight closer to its $1 million fundraising goal.

Vology, Inc. gave $25,000 to the political action committee this month, accounting for most of the $26,260 collected July 5-18, according to the latest campaign finance report posted Friday.

The company sells new and pre-owned networking equipment worldwide, according to its website.

"We believe that the current lack of public transportation infrastructure in Tampa Bay is the biggest risk to the continued success of our region if we look out 10-plus years, so supporting this initiative seems to be the responsible thing for us to do," chief executive officer Barry Shevlin said in an email to Bay Buzz.

The donation brings the group's grand total to $615,175. The company joins other large donors including the Tampa Bay Rays, Raymond James Financial, Regions Bank, and BayCare Health System.

Opposition group No Tax for Tracks raised $1,465 in the same period, bringing its total to $38,466.04.

If approved, the Greenlight Pinellas plan would increase the county's sales tax by one percent, to 8 cents on the dollar, to expand bus service countywide and build a light rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The revenue would replace the property tax that currently funds the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The entire project, including the bus and rail components, is expected to cost $2.2 billion to build and $130 million annually to operate.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 26, 2014 5:25pm]


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