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St. Petersburg city leaders approve transportation project

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ST PETERSBURG, FL -

"We just passed a resolution in support of the Greenlight Pinellas Plan," proclaimed St. Petersburg City Councilman, Jeff Danner from the steps of City Hall, to applause from supporters of the measure which included members of the County Commission and St. Pete's Chamber of Commerce.

City leaders approved the plan which, with a one cent sales tax, will fund a future public transit rail line, among other things.

"It's about transportation, yes, but it's also about economic development, it's about 3,000 jobs a year," said Kenneth Welch, Chairman of the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners.

"With this additional revenue, we can run them later, we can run them on weekends and start immediately purchasing new buses while we're developing the rail plan," Danner said.

The plan is to pay for the project with a one cent sales, which Danner, says would replace another current property tax.

"What we're proposing is to eliminate the PSTA ad valorem tax currently applied to your property in exchange for that one cent sales tax."

On Tuesday, December 10th, the measure goes to county leaders who will decide whether or not to put it on the ballot next November.

"We'll have 11 months for a campaign to go out and reach the voters and talk about this project," Danner added.

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