Hillsborough County Commission votes down transportation funding plan

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – On Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission voted down a transportation funding plan.

The measure would’ve ultimately led to a sales tax increase for transportation.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn issued a statement after the vote. It reads:

“The County Commission continues to backtrack on their previous commitments to tackle our region’s Achilles heel – transportation. I appreciate the steadfast commitment to solve those issues displayed by Commissioners Miller, Hagan, and Beckner. Unfortunately, the commission’s majority continues to lack the courage to let voters decide the way we move forward. For 3 years the 3 cities have been unwavering partners during an extensive planning and public outreach process to provide solutions our countywide transportation challenges. A collection of half-baked ideas thrown around as a substitute for allowing the people of this community the opportunity to chose their path to a better future leaves the City of Tampa, City of Temple Terrace, Plant City, and HART with no revenue source to address our growing needs. Any plan that does not incorporate the needs of the three cities is not a plan and is merely a failed effort by politicians more concerned about the next election rather than the next generation.”

In April the commission voted down a similar proposal. That rejected plan would have raised the sales tax by a half cent. That 30-year plan would have raised $117 million a year to pay for road improvements, upgrade the bus system and possibly create a rail line in Tampa.

Before Thursday’s vote, the county’s twitter said this was a 15-year plan.

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