Ballot issue on light rail derailed for now

4:32 PM, Mar 10, 2010   |    comments
A light rail train system in Los Angeles. Officials are deciding if light rail should come to the Tampa Bay area.
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Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough commissioners could not agree on ballot language Wednesday afternoon concerning a one cent tax for light rail. Part of the hang-up involved whether the ballot language would say 25% of the tax would go to roads and 75% would go to rail.

Language regarding the split is intended to entice voters in Southern Hillsborough County to vote for the tax, because it is highly unlikely they will ever receive rail service.

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Commissioner Jim Norman says anyone who votes to put the issue on the ballot supports adding a tax. Commissioner Chair Ken Hagan says he believes voters should have the opportunity to decide and he doesn't believe voting in favor of putting the issue on the ballot means it is a vote for the tax.

Although Hagan voted against putting the issue on the ballot, it has more to do with the language. He is expected to support the issue if the ballot language is changed.

Mike Deeson, 10 Connects

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