ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas residents can find out more about the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum and offer opinions during three telephone town hall meetings this month.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will host the first phone call on Thursday at 10 a.m. The call will feature Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala and will be moderated by PSTA chief executive officer Brad Miller.
County residents will receive automated calls inviting them to participate but anyone can dial in to listen, ask questions and make comments about the referendum that will appear on the ballot Nov. 4. Questions and comments can also be submitted before and during the call on the Greenlight Pinellas and PSTA Facebook pages. Send tweets to @greenlight2014 or @ridepsta.
The second call is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Miller, St., Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch, who also chairs the PSTA board. The third call is set for Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Hosts include PSTA board member and Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long and Largo Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier.
If approved by voters, the Greenlight plan will increase the county sales tax by a penny, to 8 cents on the dollar. Its revenue, along with state and federal grant dollars, would be used to expand bus service by 65 percent and build a 24-mile light rail system between St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The sales tax would replace the current property tax that funds PSTA.