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Tax Collector Doug Belden names Dan Raulerson to transit tax oversight board

Raulerson, a CPA and former state lawmaker is the choice of Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden.

TAMPA – Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden has named Dan Raulerson to serve as a certified public accountant on the citizens committee that will oversee spending of Hillsborough County's new transportation sales tax.

"Dan's years of experience will ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely," said Belden in a statement. "It is important that we get the right people in place to ensure the success of our county's transportation system."

Raulerson,  a CPA at Raulerson Castillo & Company, represented a Plant City district in the Florida House of Representatives for about five years through August 2017. He was also a Plant City mayor and city commissioner.

"We recognize that is an important responsibility, especially when it comes to ensuring our tax dollars are spent where they are supposed to be spent," Raulerson said in a statement.

Raulerson is the third member of the 13-member committee to be named. He joins Arthenia Joyner, who was chosen by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and former Hillsborough Chief Judge Manuel "Manny" Menendez, the choice of Clerk of the Court Pat Frank.

Voters on Nov. 6 approved the 30-year penny on the dollar sales tax that will raise about $302 million in its first year.

Under the charter, 54 percent goes to Hillsborough County, Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace for spending on roads, sidewalks and trails.

Most of the rest goes to the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority for expansion of buses and other transit.

The oversight committee is authorized to ensure that proposed spending plans meet that criteria with a straight up or down vote.

If two-thirds of the committee find that an agency is not following the charter, it can instruct the clerk of the court to withhold sales taxes.

Other members of the 13-member committee are expected to be named in the next few months by Hillsborough County commissioners, the mayors of Temple Terrace and Plant City, the governing board of HART and Tampa City Council.

Contact Christopher O'Donnell at or (813) 226-3446. Follow @codonnell_Times