Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pinellas County PSTA Interlocal Agreement Review - Recitals Part 1



Pinellas County Voters are being asked to approve a law (The GreenLight Plan) that would provide
for an open ended 1% increase in the County sales tax.

You can read a review of the actual law you will approve if you vote yes at Sales Tax (GreenLight) Ordinance Review

Due to pressure from opponents of the Greenlight plan and the Sales tax ordinance, the Suncoast Transit Authority and the Pinellas County Commission found it necessary to develop the Interlocal Agreement before the election to add some direction to how the revenue from the 1% sales tax will be spent and to attempt to add some clarity regarding the suspension of the current PSTA Ad valorem property tax. 

DISCLAIMER:
The following document is a reproduction of the Pinellas County Interlocal Agreement with the Suncoast Transit Authority approved by the Pinellas County Commission.

The text of the Agreement appears in italics     My Comments appear in Bold regular text.

Transmittal for approval
GREENLIGHT PINELLAS TRANSIT SURTAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
THIS GREENLIGHT PINELLAS TRANSIT SURTAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into this day of June 2014, by and between PINELLAS COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the "County," and the PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY, an independent special district created by Chapter 2000-424, Laws of Florida, as amended, and a transportation authority for purposes of Section 212.055(1), Florida Statutes, hereinafter referred to as "PSTA."

RECITALS:
WHEREAS, Section 212.055(1), Florida Statutes, authorizes the County to impose a Charter County and Regional Transportation System Surtax ("Surtax") of up to one percent (1 %) throughout the County, subject to referendum approval, to fund countywide transportation projects; and

This Whereas confirms the authority of the Tax for the purpose of public transportation. Note that the official language allows for a tax up to 1%. The County and PSTA will implement the tax at its maximum level immediately.

WHEREAS, the County's Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 13-34 on December 10, 2013, levying the Surtax subject to elector approval at a rate of one percent; establishing the effective date of the Surtax; providing for administration, collection, and enforcement of the Surtax; providing for the distribution, use and financial management of Surtax proceeds; calling for a referendum election for approval of imposition of the Surtax on November 4, 2014 (the "Surtax Referendum"); and providing a ballot title and summary of the proposed referendum question (the "Ordinance"); and

This whereas reaffirms the language in the Ordinance that will become law if you vote yes.

Transmittal for approval
GREENLIGHT PINELLAS TRANSIT SURTAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
THIS GREENLIGHT PINELLAS TRANSIT SURTAX INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into this day of June 2014, by and between PINELLAS COUNTY, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, hereinafter referred to as the "County," and the PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY, an independent special district created by Chapter 2000-424, Laws of Florida, as amended, and a transportation authority for purposes of Section 212.055(1), Florida Statutes, hereinafter referred to as "PSTA."

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