Survey shows voters uncertain of benefits of Greenlight Pinellas

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This November, Pinellas County voters will decide if the Greenlight Pinellas plan is worth a tax increase.

But a new study shows more than half of the people who would stand to gain the most from the project are unclear on its benefits.

One local group is making it their mission to get the facts out there.

"I ride the bus every day and every night. I depend on it a lot,” said rider Amber Gormley.

If Greenlight Pinellas gets the go-ahead, it would give riders who depend on public transportation even more options.

A recent survey conducted by People’s Budget Review shows many are not very familiar with how the plan would benefit them.

Aaron Dietrich of People's Budget Review said over the last three weeks the organization has collected 1,600 surveys that ask voters a series of questions about Greenlight Pinellas.

One question asks about the more frequent service the tax referendum would provide. More than 50 percent of those surveyed didn’t know it would mean a 65 percent increase in current services and more weekend service.

"There was still a significant amount of people, a vast majority, still supporting the plan but weren't really aware of what was really included in the plan,” Dietrich said.

Wednesday, Dietrich and others with People's Budget Review were explaining the plan to riders, hoping to give them the information they need before casting their vote in the fall.

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