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Sierra Club says BOCC needs to change things now before it will support transportation tax

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Pat Kemp, the program chair of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, says it’s not so much that the organization is completely against the proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could come before Hillsborough County voters next year (as SPB first reported on Wednesday night). It’s just that the group wants to see the county commit to other issues dealing with development and transportation that don’t require taxpayer approval before coming out and fully backing the measure. That includes raising development fees, changing a…

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Transit activists unhappy with reported Hillsborough transit tax proposal

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Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill was briefing some members of the Hillsborough County Commission Wednesday afternoon, a day before he’ll unveil before the public his recommendations on how the county should address its huge transportation needs. As first reported by the Tampa Tribune’s Mike Salinero, Merrill will propose that commissioners put a half-cent sales transit tax on the 2016 ballot, but with only 30 percent of those funds being allocated to mass transit. Sixty percent would be for building and rebuilding…

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Pat Kemp says she’s the best Democrat in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat

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On Monday, Pat Kemp made official what she has told anyone who asked since last November’s election– she is running again for a Hillsborough County Commission seat in 2016, this time in the District 6 countywide seat being vacated by Kevin Beckner, whose term ends next year. Florida Politics originally reported she would run back in late February, but Kemp didn’t officially file until Monday. The difference since then is that it’s no longer theoretical that she’ll have a challenger…

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Hillsborough County now using elections officials to safeguard public comments on transit effort

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Score one for Sharon Calvert and the critics of Hillsborough County’s public information campaign that could lead to a transit tax referendum on the ballot a year from this November. In what is being described as an unprecedented move, the county is using members of the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) office to safeguard the written comments made by the public at one of the numerous public meetings being held over the next few months. What’s at stake is the possibility…

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