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Penny for Pinellas goes to the voters Tuesday

(ran West edition)

Hey, all you voters out there! Don't forget: Tuesday is Election Day. Yes, we know you don't have to decide on a mayor or council member. But don't pass up your chance to let Pinellas County know whether or not you want to renew the Penny for Pinellas sales tax.

Voters narrowly voted to adopt the 1-cent tax in 1989 to pay for improvements to roads, parks and drainage systems. It will expire in February 2000 if voters fail to renew it Tuesday.

If renewed, Pinellas Park would receive about $44.4-million for such projects as drainage on Park Boulevard and 70th Avenue, an Olympic pool and library expansion. Kenneth City is slated for about $4.4-million in landscaping, police cruisers and drainage.

The text of the referendum question will appear as follows in all precincts countywide Tuesday:

"Special referendum election on extension of the local government one-cent (1 cent) discretionary sales surtax.

"Shall Pinellas County Ordinance No. 97-11 be approved, which ordinance authorizes the extension of the one-cent (1 cent) sales surtax for an additional ten (10) years to finance county and municipal projects, including transportation, parks and open space, endangered lands, surface water management, public safety, and public facilities.

"Yes (For extending the existing 1 cent sales tax).

"No (Against extending the existing 1 cent sales tax)."

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.