|Tampa Centric 5 Democrat
county commissioners vote to appeal AFT ruling
A special BOCC meeting was called by BOCC Chair Kimberly Overman today at 5pm today. At the meeting, the Tampa Centric 5 Democrat commissioners voted to use taxpayer money to hire outside legal counsel and appeal Judge Moe's AFT ruling.
Judge Moe ruled Monday from the bench to throw the All for Transportation (AFT) Sales Tax referendum off the ballot because it is misleading to the voters.
Overman called the special meeting at 5pm, an hour before a 6pm commission meeting that had already been scheduled.
The special meeting was noticed to the public that those who wished to speak would have 3 minutes to make their public comment. The County Attorney clearly stated that the 6pm meeting can start late, it just cannot start earlier than 6pm.
But the Tampa Centric 5 wanted to get the special meeting over as quickly as possible because they had already made their decision. Gwen Myers told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday the county was appealing:
Commissioner Gwen Myers said the county will appeal a judge’s ruling voiding the transportation tax referendum.About thirty-three citizens had properly signed up for public comment expecting to have 3 minutes to speak.