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'All for Transportation' Hillsborough County transportation sales tax lawsuit heads to court

Posted: 3:54 AM, May 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-03 11:56:11Z
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The lawsuit filed by Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White against a one-cent sales tax, brought forth by a citizens group will head to court on Friday.

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All for Transportation pushed for voters to have the right to vote on the tax last year.

Voters approved the measure in November of 2018.

The tax will fund things like new roads, fixing sidewalks and mass transit. Projections have the sales tax increase bringing in $280 million a year.

  • 55% will go to Hillsborough County and its cities for road maintenance and projects to improve traffic flow.
  • 44% will go to HART for the bus system and other mass transit.
  • 1% will go toward planning and development.

There will also be a citizen-led oversight committee to make sure everyone spends the money correctly.

White claims the transportation surtax is legally deficient for the multiple reasons including that the Florida Statue requires proceeds from such surtaxes be allocated by the Board of County Commissioners, not an oversight committee.

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Court officials say a judge plans to hear arguments, but no decision is expected to be made on Friday.