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Best reminder that sometimes, your votes don’t actually matter: 'All For Transportation' tax supreme court ruling

'All For Transportation' tax supreme court ruling

Hillsborough County’s “All For Transportation” tax passed in November 2018 when 57% of voters approved a plan that would send 45% of the revenue to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) which could use the money to boost services. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and had collected more than $472 million before late February when the Florida Supreme Court struck the tax down in a 4-1 decision. The funds were supposed to provide “much-need local funding for major projects [like] …the TECO Line Streetcar system extension and modernization project, bus rapid transit projects, a Cross Bay Ferry connection to MacDill Air Force Base…,” according to Tampa Bay Business Journal. But now, thanks to County Commissioner Stacy ​​White’s lawsuit arguing that the charter was unconstitutional and took power away from the County Commission, the money looks to be pretty much kaput. @allfortransport on Twitter