- 45% (~$7-8B) is TRANSIT RESTRICTED and must be spent on transit (4 of the Tampa Centric 5 sit on the Board of transit agency HART)
- 54.5% (~$9-10B) is earmarked GENERAL PURPOSE and those funds can be spent on any transportation project including rail/transit
- .5% (~1M) must go to the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) bureaucracy (all Tampa Centric 5 sit on the TPO Board & the TPO's Director Beth Alden is one of the Deceptive Diva's)
SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SPOKEN TODAY IN FAVOR OF THIS TAX HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IT'S A TRANSIT TAX.
THE MATHEMATICS WITHIN THE ORDINANCE WITH THE TRANSIT RESTRICTED FUNDING VERSUS THE GENERAL PURPOSE FUNDING AND THEN ALSO THE SO‑CALLED BUCKETS WOULD INDICATE THAT THIS IS A MASS TRANSIT TAX, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SEVEN BULLET POINTS LISTED WITH RESPECT TO HOW THIS MONEY WOULD BE SPENT, IT'S CLEAR THAT THE USE TO EXPAND PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS WOULD RECEIVE MORE FUNDING THAN THE OTHER SIX BULLET POINTS HERE.
SO MY MOTION TO AMEND HERE WOULD BE THAT WE MAKE EXPAND PUBLIC TRANSIT OPTIONS THE FIRST BULLET.
The primary focus of the Tampa Centric 5 is to fund costly rail in Tampa. Their goal is to force taxpayers in unincorporated Hillsborough to pay for Tampa rail that benefits wealthy downtown special interests.
So much for the Tampa Centric 5's "equity" agenda.
All Tampa Centric 5 Democrats, with Kemp and Cohen lawyers who should know better, were big supporters of AFT's ILLEGAL 2018 rail tax. They have poor judgment helping to create a huge refund mess that has yet to be resolved.
Hillsborough County still owes taxpayers $562 MILLION of ILLEGALLY collected AFT tax dollars. Such mess must never happen again.
In 2018 AFT sold their rail/transit tax under false, deceitful and dishonest pretenses and misled voters with their deceptive ballot summary language. The AFT tax was ruled ILLEGAL and UNLAWFUL and thrown out.The Tampa Centric 5's $18 BILLION rail/transit will also be sold under false, deceitful and dishonest pretenses. And their deceptive ballot summary language also misleads voters.
We've seen this rodeo before. We saw how AFT's shameful shenanigans created a big huge mess that 4 years later has yet to be resolved.
It appears the Tampa Centric 5 drove their rail/transit tax do-over into the Danger Zone.
Do not take any chances. Do not allow the Tampa Centric 5 Democrats to deceive and mislead voters again.