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Yvette Lewis, Hillsborough Branch President
HILLSBOROUGH NAACP IN OPPOSITION TO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION REFERENDUM
TAMPA, FLA (November 2, 2018)—The Hillsborough County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) officially announced its opposition to Hillsborough County Referendum Number 2, the All for Transportation backed plan.
The amendment proposes a 1% sales surtax to fund transportation and roadway improvements countywide.
“This tax will place a significant burden on working class individuals in our communities today and the generations of tomorrow,” said Hillsborough County NAACP Branch President Yvette Lewis.
An overwhelming majority of the branch’s Executive Committee are also in agreement that the plan does not clearly define the potential for economic impact and job creation, which would benefit inner city residents tremendously.
The organization’s decision to vote against the transportation referendum was also based on the exclusion of East Tampa residents and the NAACP from early discussions when there was an opportunity for the referendum to be revised.
“Now, we’re in another position where the train has left the station without our voices being valued, much less heard,” said Lewis.