Tuesday those of you who have not yet voted will go to the polls and vote on some very important races and issues.
None is more important than the Pinellas County Sales Tax referendum question. It is the last item ON THE BACK of the Ballot
It Reads like this:
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passenger rail and regional connections be funded by levying a one percent sales surtax from January 1, 2016 until repealed, with the proceeds deposited in a dedicated trust fund?
______ YES, for the 1% sales surtax
__X__ NO, against the 1% sales surtax
If you vote yes you put an additional $100 Million annually into the PSTA coffers.
Over the last few months the PSTA administration has been investigated for electioneering, misused federal homeland security funds, lied to the public and spread misleading information about the train they want to build and its intended purpose.
They have stone walled public records requests, refused to answer direct questions and berated those who would question their actions and motives.
Just over 30 people have donated almost all of the $1 million raised to support the passage of this tax. They all expect to get their money back and then some, and the tactics of the current PSTA Administration and complete lack of oversight by the Board of Directors makes it a real good bet.
This sales tax referendum was never about public transportation, although I believe that there are some on the PSTA Board that still believe it is. It was always about a train that requires property and right of way acquisition for track and stations and the redevelopment around the stations and the rail line.
The nature of PSTA and its leadership can be seen in the e-mails unearthed by News Channel 10's Mike Deeson. News Channel 10 PSTA E-MAILS
The inability of the Board to control the PSTA Administration is evident the actions of its CEO.
If he is not concerned about misusing and directing his staff to misuse federal funds why would we expect anything less when the sales tax dollars start rolling in?
Don't pay more for virtually everything you buy so the PSTA can repay the political cronies that supported GreenLight and waste the money on a train that does not serve those who actually use public transportation.
Don't put this County in to debt for up to 90 years that you as a citizen cannot control and those who represent you won't control.
Right now you are in the driver's seat. You can stop this train wreck before it happens.
You can vote NO
If GreenLight passes, Pinellas County does not own a train, a train will ultimately own Pinellas County.
Watch My Video Green Light - It's a Bad Law before you vote.