TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County Commissioners are moving forward with discussions relating to the new transportation tax, even as one of their own has filed a lawsuit against it.
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Commissioner Stacy White says the measure may be unconstitutional and forces an oversight committee to assume responsibilities not allowed under state law.
To that end, the fourth district commissioner sued the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and several other municipalities over the tax.
In the lawsuit, White alleges All For Transportation, the group responsible for putting the measure on the ballot, withheld information from voters. He also maintains the oversight board, who will monitor how this money is spent, is not allowed to assume those powers under Florida law.
“At this point, it’s gone to the voters, it’s passed,” said White. “So now we have a local law that I strongly believe is inconsistent with general law.”
On Wednesday, the commission voted on four measures to advance discussion of this tax and the process in which oversight committee board members will be selected. All of the measures passed.
White voted against one of them, but in favor of the remaining three.
A spokesman for AFT said the measure was fully and legally vetted before it was put on the ballot and will withstand any legal challenge.