Pinellas Commission OKs transit tax referendum - WFLA News Channel 8

Pinellas Commission OKs transit tax referendum

Posted: Updated:
Pinellas County Commission votes Tuesday to approve a referendum for a one cents trasit tax Pinellas County Commission votes Tuesday to approve a referendum for a one cents trasit tax
Pinellas County - A transit plan called "Greenlight Pinellas" is getting the green light. On Tuesday night, Pinellas County Commissioners approved a plan to ask voters for a sales tax hike. The vote was 6 to 1 to put it on the November 2014 ballot. The property tax used for transit would go away. 

Related story: Greenlight Pinellas get on track

The money would greatly expand the current bus system, with new equipment, routes and hours of operation. And later, a light rail system is planned to take riders from Clearwater to St. Petersburg.

A capacity crowd jammed commission chambers. Dozens wearing "try transit" stickers spoke in support. "We're gonna move our tourists around. We want to move people safely. We need to get some of the cars off the road for our environment’s sake," said Suzanne Zeller.

 Opponents, some from a group called "no tax for tracks" told commissioners, Pinellas will have the highest sales tax in the state, and spending money on busses and rail is a waste.  “Why do we have bus system that is so broken, with a budget that is so large? And you want us to quadruple their budget?" asked Dr. David Mckalip.

To show how the new tax would affect your wallet, it all depends on the value of your house. A homeowner in North Reddington Beach would see their $340 property tax bill disappear and would instead, pay an estimated $116 in sales tax. That's a $224 decrease.

A Largo homeowner with a less expensive house would see their tax burden go up by $47 because their property tax is less. Many blasted the current PSTA bus system. One guy noted, you can take a bus to a Rays game, but you can't get home afterward.     If the new tax passes, it would go into effect in January 2016. 

Stay connected with the news of the day. Download the WFLA news app today. It’s FREE http://8.wfla.com/1etbepy


  • NewsMore>>

  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:32:34 GMT
    An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said.
    Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the...
  • Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

    Tampa Police cruiser involved in crash on Kennedy Blvd.

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:28:23 GMT
    A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night.
    A Tampa Police cruiser was involved in a four-vehicle crash at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway on Friday night.
  • Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter

    Bradenton mom says 'no' to FCAT for her daughter

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:24:21 GMT
    Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her.
    Many children would not take standardized test if they had the choice, but for one Bay area child, her mother made that choice for her.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

    Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:43:43 GMT
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
    A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    April 18, 2014 07:19 AM 2014-04-18 12:19:00 GMT
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
    A mother was shocked to discover the odor she'd smelled was a dead body underneath the deck of her Knoxville home.
  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.