Pinellas voters to decide on mass transit changes

9:23 AM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
Artist's computer rendering of a proposed light rail line in Pinellas County
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

 


 


CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) - The future of mass transit in Pinellas County is now in the hands of the voters.

County Commissioners voted 6-1 on Tuesday to put a referendum on the November ballot. If it passes, the sales tax will increase by 1 percent. The money would be used to expand the county bus system and create light rail. The new tax would take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

The commission's decision to place the issue on the ballot came after about three hours of comment from residents, public officials and business people on both sides of the issue.

Those who supported the decision cited the effects of such things as traffic congestion and pollution caused by so many cars on the roads. Opponents said they aren't in favor of a sales tax increase.

Check out some of our most read stories from 2013:

#shortyellows: Florida quietly shortened yellow lights

Terrorism Warning: Memo says terrorists practicing dry-runs on Florida flights

Kittens shot: Officer shoots kittens in front of children

Courtroom apology: Woman apologizes for flipping off judge

Weird ice: Strange, giant circles appear on frozen pond

Controversial Club: College student organizes "White Student Union"

CFO Trouble: School administrative chief in trouble over her porn sex blog

Warning Shot Wife: Mother gets 20 years for firing warning shots at abusive husband

Science Arrest: Teen girl arrested over science project explosion

Wait, WHAT?? Dog shoots man in the leg with a handgun

Popular photo galleries:

Faces of Meth: Devastating before and after photos of meth abusers

Travon Martin Shooting: Trayvon Martin crime scene photos and George Zimmerman injury photos 

Hooters Winners: Winners of the 2013 Hooters swimsuit pageant

Rejected: Funny Florida license plates rejected by the DMV ***warning graphic***

Deadly sinkhole: Home collapses, man dies in giant sinkhole

Popular Databases:

Florida Sex Offenders: Look up sex offenders in any Florida neighborhood here

Restaurant Inspections: Look up inspection reports for any Florida restaurant here

Most Watched Videos