The All For Transportation (AFT) 2.0 30 year 1 PERCENT (NOT 1 CENT) $18 BILLION rail tax do-over is all but assured to get on the Hillsborough County November ballot. The rail cartel's Tampa Centric 5 Democrat county commissioners have the votes to do it.
HART's dismal ridership is less than 2% of the total population in Hillsborough County. No worries...With AFT 2.0, taxpayers will be forced to hand 45%, or about $8.2 BILLION, of the massive tax to transit agency HART.
HART will use the new Billions, in addition to HART's current .5 millage rate property tax revenue and other revenue sources they receive, to pay for costly rail projects in Tampa that benefits wealthy downtown special interests.
Who governs and provides oversight of HART? Who would be overseeing any new Billions to HART?
No Surprise! Four of the Tampa Centric 5 county commissioners, Pat Kemp, Kimberly Overman, Mariella Smith and Gwen Myers, sit on the HART Board.
At least 9 of the 13 HART Board members are Tampa centric. But it is the taxpayers in unincorporated Hillsborough who pay the overwhelming majority of HART's property tax revenues to fund HART's services that are mostly in Tampa.
No Surprise! AFT supporter and rail enthusiast Tampa Mayor Castor appointed herself to the HART Board.
Surprise Surprise! The Chair and Co-Founder of the All for Transportation (AFT) Political Action Committee (PAC) Tyler Hudson and AFT Co-Founder Rena Frazier were both appointed to the HART Board as the Tampa Bay Times reported:
Frazier is the second All For Transportation co-founder to join the board this year, following Tyler Hudson’s appointment by the city of Tampa.
Hudson's HART bio states he is a lawyer......who apparently does not understand Florida law and put an unlawful tax hike referendum on the 2018 ballot. In addition, (Surprise!) Hudson previously was with Hilltop Public Solutions in DC who (Surprise!) helps "clients inject their voices into local policy debates", helps manage campaigns and mobilize grassroots.
In other words Hudson is a professional lobbyist and campaign public affairs person. AFT was always astroturf funded and run by professional elites.
Hudson left out of his HART bio that AFT's 2018 rail tax initiative was ruled illegal and unlawful and thrown out in its entirety by the Florida Supreme Court. Such reality is not a resume enhancer.
|AFT Chair Tyler Hudson|
Frazier's HART bio states she is a founding member of AFT and a lawyer......who also must not understand Florida law because she helped lead AFT's illegal rail tax effort in 2018.
|AFT Co-Founder Rena Frazier|
HART Board member Commissioner Pat Kemp, another lawyer who supported AFT in 2018......who must not understand Florida law. Kemp, helping lead the charge for the AFT 2.0 $18 BILLION rail tax, ironically makes the case for why transit does not work for the majority of people and why it's absurd to hand HART $45 BILLION:
|HART Board member Commissioner Kemp's|
response for why she never uses the bus