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Kathleen Shanahan appointed by HART to new transit board, but not without controversy

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) voted to appoint Kathleen Shanahan as its representative on the newly reconstructed TBARTA (the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority) board on Monday, but only after debating whether it was better to appoint an elected official or a member of the general public. Shanahan is a private businesswoman who for decades has been a major player in Republican circles in Florida and Washington D.C. Originally nominated by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on…

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Facing budget shortfall, HART board to consider millage rate increase, first since 2012

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With a budget deficit in the millions looming, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) face a hard choice. On Monday, HART board members said they intend to hold a meeting sometime this summer to discuss raising the millage rate for the first time since 2012. Cyndy Zambella, HART’s budget and grants manager, told HART board members Monday that the current budget deficit stands at $6.2 million going into the fiscal 2018 year, which begins in October. However, Joel Ray, director…

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HART poised to to soon select marketing agency

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Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority (HART) CEO Katharine Eagan says that the transit agency’s marketing budget became a budget casualty when the Great Recession reduced funding years ago, but HART’s evaluation committee will soon be selecting a marketing agency to help with their marketing and communication strategic plan in 2017. “We are in the active evaluation of a firm for a communications plan,” Eagan told members of the Finance and Audit Committee meeting on Monday. The announcement came a day after the Tampa Bay…

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