Last Tuesday the Pinellas County Commissioners heard public testimony from over 100 citizens both for and against Greenlight Pinellas. Afterwards, the commissioners discussed their options and then voted 6-1 on the exact wording of the Greenlight Pinellas Initiative that will be on the November 2014 ballot. Here is the exact wording we will see on the November ballot:
Title: Levy of Countywide One Percent Sales Surtax to Fund Greenlight Pinellas Plan for Public Transit
Summary: Shall the improvement, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of public transit benefiting Pinellas County, including an expanded bus system with bus rapid transit, increased frequency and extended hours, local passenger rail and regional connections be funded by levying a one percent sales surtax from January 1, 2016 until repealed, with proceeds deposited in a dedicated trust fund?
_____ YES, for the 1% sales surtax
_____ NO, against the 1% sales surtax
This is exciting news as we can now move to a full campaign in favor of Greenlight Pinellas. Over the next year you will hear a great deal from PRO, your local chambers of commerce, and many civic groups about the importance of passing the initiative. If you have any questions for comments please let Joe Farrell, PRO’s Director of Public Affairs, know at firstname.lastname@example.org.