From bridges that span our waterways to neighborhood parks – for nearly 30 years, the Penny for Pinellas has supported investments in areas that matter most to our Citizens: faster travel with 68 new lane miles, 16 major roads with added lanes, and rebuilt bridges; safer communities with more than 20 fire and emergency facilities built or renovated, and more than 150 projects to enhance our stormwater systems and flood control; and protection of natural resources with hundreds of acres of land preserved, upgrades to 21 parks and more than 50 new miles of multiuse trails.

Interactive Map of Penny Projects Across Pinellas County

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Funds are supposed to be used for infrastructure (e.g. roads), yet they are being used for affodable housing. Now they want to use even more for affordable housing. Despite 30 years of this tax, we have potholed, cracked, rippled and poorly striped roads. The politicians are lying to you, so just vote no.

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Charlie Harper 5 months ago

I fully support and will vote for the continued Penny for Pinellas. If anyone doubts how well the Penny has been used, look only to the Largo Public Library. About 1/3 the price of the Library was paid for fully from Penny funds. I remember at the time citizens telling the Commission that libraries were not longer of use, that no one would ever come to the library. WELL, all one needs do is visit our Largo Public Library, the building is always well used. Want other reasons to VOTE YES to continue the Penny.....next time you need Largo Fire Rescue or a Largo Police unit....they respond very quickly with the finest of equipment, they could be saving your life or that of a loved one. I for one want that fire or police car/truck to start and be fully equipped when it rolls. Largo City Government is well run, and does not spent Penny money or any other tax money with waste. Please support and VOTE for the continued Penny for Pinellas.

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John Dough 5 months ago

Mr. Harper, you are suggesting that EMS vehicles will not be "fully equipped" or vehicles not start if the tax is not renewed. That's shameless scare-mongering and you should be ashamed of yourself. - - - The firefighters get fat pensions, employees in the city building department get caught on camera not doing their jobs yet they keep their jobs, the city wastes money on propaganda efforts like this one ("tell us how you love the tax")...... and yet you see no room for savings anywhere? - - - All you want to do is scare people and I will not stoop to that level.

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Charlie Harper 5 months ago

John Dough?? Yes, I do support the Penny for Pinellas it has been good for Largo! I am a lifelong citizen of Largo and remember very well the days when the City operated on very little cash flow. I remember when Largo trucks and city cars were pieces of junk, when we had one small city park and a total of three Largo Police Officers. I don't want to ever return to that type of city operation. Can the City find saving, certainly but at what cost. I am very proud of our City of Largo, and its well managed growth. Soon, very soon it will no longer be the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater Metro Planning area, but the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Largo Metro Planning area. "Scare -mongering", ya right....In 1960 I was involved in an auto accident. A drunk driver hit my car....Largo had no Fire Rescue in those days, and a five person police department....the Police Chief responded and left me in the car as dead...My Dad and George Feaster who worked at a local Funeral Home pulled me out of that car. Yes, I want the best equipped fire and police available, and no I am not ashamed to say so! And YES, I will sign my real name to that.

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John Dough 5 months ago

The question isn't whether you "ever return to that type of city operation", the question is whether you are satisfied with how the Penny For Pinellas funds have been spent in the last 10 years and how they plan to spend them going forward. You are satisfied, I am not. - - - I'm sorry to hear about your traffic accident when you were 15-16 years old, but we can't base public policy today on what things were like during Florida's Jim Crow days. You might as well be talking about colonial America, those days are long gone. - - - - Ambulance service was excellent in Pinellas County in 1989....the year BEFORE the Penny for Pinellas tax was implemented. I was here at the time and I remember.

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Discouraged Resident 5 months ago

It is time for the 1% sales tax, AKA "Penney" to be put to sleep. It has done what it was created to do, built bridges and recreation centers for Pinellas County residents and visitors. Now those buildings, preserves and nature centers must be staffed and maintained with monies that come from tax revenue. So as we tax ourselves for improvements, let us please remember it ultimately pulls money away from other projects to manage these Penney projects.

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