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Pinellas voters to decide tax question

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

It's being called a historical decision: the Board of Directors for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, (PSTA) voted on Wednesday to ask Pinellas County Commissioners, to place a question on the November 2014 ballot, asking voters to approve a sales tax increase. The money would go toward better bus service and perhaps, a light rail system.

"We are dependent on our cars and we're all guilty of polluting a little bit every day as we have to drive our cars to get around. We need to have choices. We need to freedom for people to chose to travel by other means" said Sierra Club Representative Phil Compton.

Opposition is already heating up.   "It's gonna kick in a hundred million dollars more for this government agency to spend. And I'm not willing to go along with that as a tax payer," said Barbara Haselden. She thinks the money would be better spent on improving bus service, which is part of the plan.

There are many hurdles to cross. One looming question is, what is to become of the current property tax levied that goes toward PSTA? Before any ballot question goes forward, PSTA officials plan to do a great deal of listening to hear what Pinellas residents would like to see when it comes to future transportation wants and desires.

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