Saturday, January 5, 2019

Newly Elected County Commissioner's "I Said I Would" Turns into "No I Won't"

County Commissioner Kimberly Overman
As a county commission candidate, Kimberly Overman supported the All for Transportation 30 year $16 Billion sales tax hike referendum. Commissioner White filed a lawsuit contending the charter amendment language was misleading and violated state statute.

As a newly elected commissioner, she stated in a December 4 Tampa Bay Times article about Commissioner White's lawsuit:
County Commissioner Kimberly Overman said the referendum language was vetted closely...“This is a waste of taxpayers’ money and that’s a shame,” Overman said.
Overman made her public claim about the referendum language being vetted as if it was a fact not her opinion.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

All for Transportation Hires Big Gun Lawyers to Shutdown Lawsuit

All for Transportation (AFT) created the 5 page tax hike charter amendment that led to Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White's lawsuit, case #18-CA-011749. White's legal complaint he filed can be found here.

AFT recently filed to be an "intervener" in White's lawsuit filed against the county and other parties receiving the new tax proceeds. An intervener basically joins the lawsuit and becomes a party in the lawsuit.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Tax Spikes Commercial Leases - The Implications

Sharon exposed for the first time the impact of the All For Transportation tax hike on commercial leases.

What are some of the implications for the owners and renters of commercial buildings? Let's take a look.
Commercial lease taxes money down the drain

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tax Hike to Spike Cost of Commercial Leases

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The cost of doing business in Hillsborough County is going up in January for many businesses who have commercial leases.

Effective January 1, 2019, Hillsborough County taxpayers will see an over 21% increase in the sales tax they must pay. Not only will that increase the cost of dining out, the cost of clothing, shoes, vehicles, appliances, TV's and other items taxpayers buy and consume everyday, it impacts commercial leases.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

To Seek The Facts Skepticism and Curiosity Are Required

Guest post from Dr. James Davison

“Fact or Fake? Democracy depends on our ability to tell the difference”. It was with these words that Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, summed up his commencement speech delivered at his alma mater (IU class of 1976) on May 5th of this year. 

All in all, it was a wonderful speech. I do not agree with all the points in it, but I do not think there is an American or anyone who loves liberty who could argue with its thesis that we need to be able to tell fact from fake. Separate propaganda from truth in order to remain free.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Like we said. Now it's a $15.8 Billion tax!

Curiously, the Tampa Bay Times recently started reporting the All for Transportation tax hike will raise $15.8 billion over 30 years, while they consistently called it at $280 million per year, $9 billion tax before and just after the election.

Why was it a $9 billion tax, but now its $15.8 billion?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's A Tax Hike!

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As of January 1, 2019, Hillsborough County will have the highest sales tax rate in the state of Florida.

A tax hike is a tax hike is a tax hike.

But did All for Transportation use the word "tax" or "tax hike" during their $4 million tax hike campaign?