Jim Norman proposes rebate checks for citizens

09/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
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As the Tampa Bay region continues to be one of the worst in the country in terms of unemployment rates, last night Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman proposed giving relief to county taxpayers in the form of economic stimulus checks.

Norman, who says he has been working on such a proposal for about three weeks, unveiled his idea during a public hearing on the county’s 2009 fiscal year budget last night. WMNF asked him where the money would come from.

County Commissioner Ken Hagen, who won the support of his fellow Commissioners to spend $500 million dollars in sales tax money on roads, expressed skepticism about the idea, saying the county already has more than $2 billion in unfunded road projects.

County Budget Director Eric Johnson told the board last night he’s not certain if such a plan will fly, but will research the issue and get back to the board within the next week.

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