Hold onto your Wallets! The Tampa Bay rail cartel are at it again.
The Tampa Centric Five Democrats have the votes to put AFT 2.0, another 30 year, 1%, $16B (probably $18B now) rail tax on the ballot in November. Democrat commissioner Pat Kemp told us this last September. Having the votes is all they care about - silly little things such as refunding the illegally taken $521 MILLION AFT funds and getting real public input don't matter.
It's a done deal. The Vinik bailed out Tampa Bay Times confirmed what we already knew:
The county scheduled a series of community meetings beginning next month in anticipation of a proposed sales tax referendum on the November ballot.
The Town Hall meetings charade the commissioners planned to have last year have been rescheduled. As we noted before, the commissioners ignore the fastest growing area in Hillsborough, South County, where they scheduled NO meetings.
It looks like the County renamed these meetings to "Open Houses" because they are NOT Town Hall meetings where those who attend get to publicly speak.
What is an Open House? It's an "informal" event for the public to "drop by" anytime during the hours of the Open House to view an exhibition or whatever the Open House "host" is trying to sell the public.
These meetings are to sell the public that the County has no money to fund transportation in the County. That is a lie and we've seen that rodeo before.