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Tampa Chamber: Hillsborough commission should revisit 20-year transportation tax

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce wants Hillsborough County Commissioners to revisit putting a 20-year sales tax for transportation on the November ballot.

The commission rejected a half-cent sales tax referendum last month. But almost immediately after that vote, some commissioners, businesses and community members started advocating for other options, such as a 15-year plan.

The chamber is the latest group to urge commissioners to reconsider asking voters to approve a transportation sales tax, this time for at least 20 years.

“Rather than allowing residents to vote on an option of at least 20 years, the Board of County Commissioners is now considering a 15-year option,” the chamber said in a release Thursday. “This is an insufficient response to our community’s transportation needs and we urge our County Commissioners to revisit their prior actions and support the option of a half-cent sales tax for a duration of at least 20 years.

“Voters should have the right to make the decision on the funding of our future transportation options and our elected officials have the responsibility of giving them a viable solution.”

 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:06pm]

    

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