The gaslighting on Hillsborough County's transportation issue continues with Hillsborough County commission Chair Pat Kemp. She publicly stated "there is no money" to fund transportation in Hillsborough County.
That is gaslighting rhetoric and NOT true. We're left wondering whether Kemp understands the County's budget, understands basic math or just prefers throwing tax dollars out the window.
Challenged about her statement, Kemp scurried away and refused to engage.
Kemp is a transit activist, a Sierra Club (who want to FORCE people out of their cars) activist and part of the anti-car brigade who want to tear down 10 miles of I-275 from downtown to Bearss Ave. Kemp spoke at Cafe Con Tampa last Friday.
The video of Kemp speaking at Cafe Con Tampa can be found on their FaceBook page here or click the videos on the FB page. Go to about 4:50 in her speech where Kemp begins speaking about the illegal All For
Transportation Transit rail tax. Speakers at Cafe Con Tampa only speak about 15-20 minutes but Cafe Con Tampa cuts out from their video the entire Q & A with the speaker which is the vast majority of their meeting. Hmmm.....
Kemp is a lawyer who should know Florida law and was forewarned in 2018 about AFT's numerous legal issues. But she frames the unlawful AFT rail tax she supported as 57% voted for the illegal tax but it was that Florida Supreme Court who threw it out. Kemp failed to mention the lower court judge, Rex Barbas, threw out almost everything in the referendum except the rail tax itself. Barbas's lower court ruling stated voters just voted for $16B tax hike and they did not care where those dollars would be spent. His ruling was so illogical because that scenario has never occurred before EVER. No one should be surprised why the entire tax was thrown out as unlawful but somehow Kemp, a lawyer, was surprised.
Kemp ignores the fact that voters were lied to in 2018. All for
Transportation Transit had to spend over $4 MILLION of crony special interests money lying to voters and falsely selling their rail tax was to fix roads. AFT refused to debate anyone who opposed them because their lies would not stand up to public scrutiny. AFT's crony donor base bought off local media who filtered out almost all information from anyone who opposed. Local media shamefully filtered out and ignored red flag warnings about AFT's legal issues from AFT's formal opposition NoTaxForTracks and from sitting Commissioner Stacy White. Kemp ignores that AFT had to stack up lies and coverups for their illegal rail tax to get it passed.
Kemp does not care or learn from her mistakes because she knows the wealthy AFT cronies, who benefit the most, will fund another rail tax boondoggle. While promoting AFT rail tax 2.0, Kemp clearly states at Cafe Con Tampa that the commission has the 4-5 commissioners (the transit activist anti-car brigade) needed to put another 30 year $16 BILLION rail tax on the ballot next year.
She makes such statement before any public meeting has been held on the issue. The County scheduled 4 so-called Transportation Townhall public meetings. Obviously, like the Go Hillsborough scandal, they are a joke. These meetings are not for the public to inform the commissioners or county staff. The commissioners and county staff are using these meetings for the Tampa Centric 5 to gaslight and lie to the public for what THEY want.The Tampa Centric 5 (all Democrats) have already decided to put another massive unneeded and unnecessary tax hike on the 2022 ballot.....before one cent of the $512 MILLION illegally collected AFT rail tax has been refunded.
Residents and taxpayers of Hillsborough County should attend these meetings to demand their money back from the unlawful AFT rail tax, demand the county prioritize the existing budget to fund and fix our roads first using all AVAILABLE revenue sources and demand no tax hike to fund costly rail that few want to pay for or use.
HART transit agency has their own .5 millage property tax that is paid by all property owners in Hillsborough County EXCEPT those in Plant City. The vast majority of those who pay HART's property tax NEVER use HART. HART's property tax was NOT going away with the AFT rail tax, they were going to double dip with their property taxes and the rail tax. HART needs to live within the means of their existing revenue sources.
Hillsborough County's budget was not hit hard by the pandemic. A chart from the County as they go through their budget process for FY2022 reflect revenues are increasing over 2021. There is more "additional" funding going to "compensation costs" than transportation.
|Flagged list of projects commissioners selected to
spend money leftover from last year (click to enlarge)
- Commissioner Cohen is handing out $2 MILLION to the Straz Center
- Commissioner Hagan is handing out $4 MILLION to Parks - when Parks already have their own funding - a millage property tax rate found on your TRIM notice
- Commissioner Kemp is handing out $1 MILLION to Trails and $1 MILLION to the High Speed Ferry
- Commissioner Myers, whose district is in the city of Tampa, is handing out $2.55 MILLION for Splash Pads at Parks from the Unincorporated Fund
- Commissioner Overman is handing out $2.85 MILLION on Affordable Housing initiatives
- Commissioner Smith is handing out $1.5 MILLION for Trails.
...the resulting profile and data will be used to guide the design and implementation of an “equity lens” through which actions taken by the County are examined to assess and measure questions of equity.
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