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.
Penny for your thoughts?
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.
It is and was illegal to use the 1% optional sale tax to pay off debt. But our County Commission did just that. They paid off the debt on the Park Blvd. bridge. Old timers remember the toll booths at that bridge. Some would say, so what, I'm saying the promises made were never kept and the money misused. How do you property owners like the current additional tax on your property for storm water run off? That too was promised to be funded by the 1% optional sale tax. Lastly, how many people know who bought the bonds that were floated to fund the original projects? Yes, the County hired a Jacksonville investment firm to issue bonds to fund the early projects because the County couldn't wait for the tax money to come in. I guess there weren't any Pinellas firms capable of handling the County's bond program. The money that has been spent on personal projects of the County Commission and City officials is astounding. It is not a penny tax, its a 1% optional sale tax.
For the current penny approved by voters from 2010-2020, the City of Largo has spent the penny (up though the current budget year) on stormwater drainage, road reconstruction, public safety vehicles and facilities, technology infrastructure, and community amenities like the Highland Recreation Complex and the Community Center.
The City has spent a significant amount of time developing plans to address infrastructure needs in preparation for the next referendum (November 7, 2017). Following a major analysis of the City's roads and stormwater systems, the City Commission has proposed a ten-year plan that allocates the estimated $100M in funding in the following way: Road Reconstruction ($35M); Fire Station Reconstruction ($12M ); Stormwater System Reconstruction ($14.5M); Public Safety Vehicles ($38.5M).
Pinellas County does indeed propose to spend some of the revenue on affordable housing; however, that is not in the City of Largo's plan. To communicate your priories for county-wide projects, you may contact your Board of County Commissioners by going to http://www.pinellascounty.org/forms/commission.htm.
a lot of the things I and my grandkids enjoy would not exist - Heritage Village, The Botannical Gardens, Highland Rec - any place a kid spends over 3 hours without pestering about leaving is a winner!
The light show at the Botannical Gardens around the Christmas Holidays is truly amazing. As a learning and advice resource for my amateur gardening efforts has been insightful.
I'm a biker, using the Pinellas Trail is a no-brainer. It is smooth, safe and convenient. A great place to bike with wonderful places to stop along the way.
As I drive around Pinellas County I see some great public and safety facilities that I thought were paid for bt taxes... only to find out that Fire Stations, Training facilities, public buildings would not exist without Penny for Pinellas.
(Yeh, they should have been paid for out of taxes, but when the mantra is cut, cut cut, it's great that we've had a painless method of getting the monies we needed to create needed facilities for fun and safety!) Previous generations did it for us, we need to do it for our kids and grandkids.
It was supposed to be permanent and it's been 30 years. End the Penny For Pinellas Tax. Just end it.