Times recommends: Yes for Hillsborough transportation referendum

The Hillsborough County transportation referendum offers something for everybody: Better intersections in Brandon and New Tampa. New mass transit connections to West Shore, Tampa International Airport, the University of South Florida and MacDill Air Force Base. Safer streets. Fewer bottlenecks. Even sidewalks for children at school. Hillsborough voters should approve the 1-cent sales tax, because it would significantly improve transportation and better position the region for the future.

The measure would increase Hillsborough’s sale tax by a penny for 30 years. The money could be spent on a broad range of projects, from fixing intersections, bottlenecks and potholes to enhancing bus and other mass transit services. Though Hillsborough voters rejected a similar plan in 2010, this measure is the strongest and most balanced to come along. The impressive voter petition effort that placed the amendment on the November ballot reflects the increased frustration with traffic congestion that is worse than ever.

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Visit Tampa Bay votes to endorse All for Transportation

The group All for Transportation that’s trying to pass a penny sales tax referendum to go toward transportation improvement projects has earned the endorsement from the region’s tourism marketing agency.

Visit Tampa Bay’s board unanimously approved the endorsement Sept. 27.

The board has a number of industry stakeholders such as ZooTampa, The Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay Santiago Corrada said.

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Plans released for proposed transportation tax increase funds

The group responsible for the proposed transportation sales tax increase on the November ballot released its first detailed breakdown of the projects that could receive funding should Hillsborough County voters approve the referendum.

Tyler Hudson, with All for Transportation, said just about every road in the county would see improvements.

“The reason things are as bad as they are right is because we just don’t invest enough in transportation,” Hudson told FOX 13. “We think the All for Transportation plan is the most specific plan that’s ever been put in front of voters, that’s because there are very clear guidelines about how it’s going to be spent, where it’s going to be spent.”

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