Hillsborough County can fund its transportation and transit NEEDS without a massive new sales tax hike. Go directly here to watch Dr. Jim Davison's presentation at Cafe Con Tampa last Friday of an alternative transportation funding proposal that requires no additional new taxes.
Unfortunately at last Wednesday's BOCC meeting, all of the Hillsborough County commissioners except Commissioner White voted to move forward on putting another AFT 2.0 do-over 30 year 1 PERCENT (NOT ONE CENT) $18 BILLION rail tax on the November ballot.
When Hillsborough county commissioners and the staff who works for them consider only one funding solution for anything, they are not being honest, transparent, responsible or fair. Such behavior does not occur in the real world where options, trade-offs, new ideas, compromises, and unintended consequences must be discussed and considered before decisions are made.
Dr. Davison (presentation below) not only presented an alternative funding solution, he called out the huge discrepancies between what the County is telling the public and what Hillsborough's Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) included in their 20 year 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
The Transportation "Open Houses" was the County's messaging campaign and storyboard charts about the County's transportation "needs. These meetings excluded HART and the municipalities from exhibiting.
The key chart below from Dr. Davison's presentation relates to Hillsborough County's share of transportation funding revenue streams.
The County's proposed funding plan includes a new 1 PERCENT (NOT ONE CENT) $18 BILLION tax hike AND a new 5 CENT gas tax hike. The County considers existing revenues available for transportation are only the gas tax, mobility fees and grants. That is not true.
- Explain the huge discrepancies between the County and the TPO revenue estimates
- Answer whether they assume the existing ONE-HALF PERCENT infrastructure tax will be re-authorized and if so, will all of it be used for transportation?
- Explain why the TPO's projected gas tax revenues are 8 times higher than the County's projected gas tax revenues