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By Bradley George

Hillsborough County commissioners have approved a plan for spending money collected from a new transportation sales tax.  

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Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Rex Barbas said Friday he will issue a ruling in about two weeks on whether the county's voter-approved transportation tax will stand.

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Presenters at a Café Con Tampa event Friday talked about how they want Hillsborough County to spend transportation funds, particularly future revenue from the higher sales tax voters passed last fall.

Most of the time they talked about not wanting any rail service.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost his bid in the gubernatorial race last year, has launched a push to register 1 million Florida residents to vote before the 2020 presidential election.

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The seven candidates for Tampa mayor laid out their vision for the city's transportation infrastructure at a forum at Sparkman Wharf Tuesday night.

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Starting Jan. 1, Hillsborough County residents will pay an 8.5 percent sales tax, the highest in the state.

Voters approved two referenda this week to raise taxes for transportation improvements and school repairs.

Hillsborough County voters approved a one-cent sales tax to improve roads and public transportation on Tuesday.

The initiative, along with a half-cent sales tax approved for public schools, brings the county's sales tax to 8.5 percent, which is the highest in the state.  

Susan Giles Wantuck

They may not be the issues that are driving voters to the polls this midterm election, but voters have been thinking about the two sales tax referendums on the ballot in Hillsborough County. One will provide a half-penny sales tax for Hillsborough County Schools for a period of 10 years.

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With a week left until the midterm elections, some advocacy groups are working to gain support for Hillsborough County tax referendums. Representatives from All for Transportation and Strengthen our Schools were in Tampa Monday, trying to encourage Hillsborough County residents to vote for local initiatives. 

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Hillsborough County residents will decide in November whether a one-cent sales tax increase could be the solution to traffic and transportation woes.

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This week on Florida Matters, we talk about pedestrian and cyclist safety in our region and how to balance that with the needs of drivers.


So many complaints about the Tampa Bay area come back to transit. What's it like to be responsible for transportation planning (when everyone who drives considers himself an expert?) Host Robin Sussingham sits down with Christine Acosta, Executive Director of Walk Bike Tampa (an advocacy and education  nonprofit organization); Beth Alden, Director of Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization; and Whit Blanton, Executive Director of Forward Pinellas, which is that county's transportation planning agency.

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A group calling themselves All for Transportation is looking to revive efforts to fund transportation improvements in Hillsborough County through a penny sales tax increase.