Local Officials Stump for Transit Tax
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10/13/10 Kelly Benjamin
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Oct. 2009)

Local elected representatives have been making the rounds this week stumping for the transportation sales surtax referendum that is up for a vote on November 2nd in Hillsborough County. Kelly Benjamin has more:

The referendum, if passed, would approve a penny-per-dollar sales tax in Hillsborough County to overhaul Hillsborough's transportation system. It is consistently ranked one of the worst in the nation for commuters. The tax would fund improvements to local roads, expanded bus service, and the area's first light rail system. On Monday night, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio was joined by state representative Janet Cruz and former member of Congress Jim Davis in hosting a sparsely attended Town Hall Meeting on the transit referendum at the Wellswood Civic Center. Mayor Iorio supports the tax, "We certainly need it..."

Yesterday evening, the Tampa City Council held another public information meeting on transportation initiatives, this time in the Westshore area but only one City Council member showed up. WMNF spoke with Council member Thomas Scott about the transit referendum and his bid to become the first African-American Mayor of Tampa in 2011.

The transportation sales surtax referendum will be on the ballot November 2nd. Early voting begins Monday.

Kelly Benjamin is a candidate for Tampa City Council.

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