Group opposed to transit tax in Hillsborough County forms

Calvert's criticism is a litany of complaints echoed by other rail opponents: that it doesn't "pay for itself" (supporters counter that neither do roads per se - that they are subsidized as well), that the area doesn't have the high density that such rail systems require, and that the area simply doesn't need a transit system.

Calvert says when she hears that not having a light rail system is a deterrent for businesses to want to settle in the Tampa Bay area, she counters that it hasn't stopped the National Football League from hosting 4 Super Bowls in Tampa, or the Republican National Committee from awarding their 2012 Convention in the region.

"And  Econ 101 says you don't raise taxes during a recession.  It's a pocketbook issue," she says.

Although the group's press release says that they're holding a news conference on Wednesday, July 13, Culvert says that it really is scheduled for Tuesday at noon in front of the Hillsborough County Center.

On Tuesday, a coalition of groups, including Tea Party establishments like the Tampa 9.12 Project and the Tampa Tea Party are announcing a new group that will be fighting the penny sales tax referendum on transit that Hillsborough County citizens will vote on in November.

The group is calling itself (though that website does not appear to be live at the moment).

A spokesperson for the group, Sharon Calvert, says they plan on getting their message out via social networking tools, and they will be fundraising, hopefully to pay fdistribute mailers.

They  will be the opposition to the official group supporting the sales tax, which includes funding to begin construction for a light rail system, Moving Hillsborough Forward.

Scroll to read more News Feature articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]