“Two Tax Referendums With One Logical Choice”

 “Two Tax Referendums With One Logical Choice”

By: Robert Pete Edwards Conservative Community Advocate

On November 6, 2018 the citizens of Hillsborough County will have a unique opportunity to either vote up or down on two(2) sales tax increase referendums in supporting our schools and local transportation.

   In my opinion, there is no question that the African-American Community, withstanding sales taxes, are generally “regressive” to low income and minority wage earners should stand tall and vote “YES” for the school tax increase. The school issues and needs are clearly defined as to what capital improvements  are needed and exactly what school would be improved.

 Our community has quite a few aging schools in need of repairs including HVAC and Roof replacements. The administrative costs are very minimal and each us would be in a position to “readily trust and verify the scope, plan and anticipated outcomes of each school project if the tax passes. It’s a “no brainer” and as a longtime conservative community advocate, I strongly urge those not only in our community but those who live in rural unincorporated East Hillsbourgh County, for once, put aside “racial” differences and support these school improvements. 

   The sales tax proposal for “mass transit” improvements is a different and cloudy, non transparent, promises made & not kept, continuing saga, that in my opinion put’s low income, minority neighborhoods and rural Hillsborough County on the short end where like before, we will get the crumbs. I’ve been involved with local transportation, Hartline and auxiliary transportation issues since the planning of the Marion Street Transit way.  A system that was sold on being upscale improved routing and time frequencies that initially set for $9 million and when it was finally completed, the cost was pegged at $19 million. Later, efforts have been “hit and miss” and in some cases, HART and its supporters, including some elected officials “mislead” us with ghost improvements till this day. A recent TV station broadcasted the needs for sidewalk placements for safety etc. reasons near Tampa Bay Tech. You would think why the BOCC had not addressed that area before now. That’s one of many examples why the present transportation tax plan should be voted down until they get it right. We all know the people who are supporting this plan does not nor will they ever intend to put working class, minority, low income and rural neighborhoods first. I personally can’t support it because of its lack of transparency on many issues. Look, imagining voting yes for this system because those who don’t ride the bus or notice crumbling or no sidewalks only want to look good via “photo op” in front of the Rays new stadium and the airport. Finally many African - American leaders are supporting this transportation initiative for “self serving and style points” reasons only. Read the plan and tell me why at this time our community should support something that we know in advance, we will automatically get the short end or maybe a few crumbs.

Daryl Johnson

Daryl is a retired Plant Mgr from USPS. He has published N-TOUCH News since 1996 and is CEO of Intercultural Communications, Inc. Husband to Tampa Bay Tammy & proud father of 3 beautiful daughters and 1 son (deceased)
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