Florida Supreme Court rejects transportation tax increase

The Florida Supreme Court struck down the voter-approved one-cent sales tax passed in 2018 by Hillsborough County residents.

The state of play: The 4-1 ruling declared that the tax’s “spending directives are unconstitutional in that they conflict with a state law that gives the county commission the authority to allocate such funds.” The decision is a blow to transportation progress.

  • The revenue was to be split between the county’s transit authority and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City to fix roads and improve mass transit, bus service and transportation safety.
  • The Metropolitan Planning Organization was to use
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Florida Supreme Court strikes down Hillsborough transportation tax

All For Transportation is dead.

In a 4-1 ruling from the Florida Supreme Court, the Hillsborough County transportation sales tax was overturned Thursday.

Hillsborough County voters approved a 1% sales tax in 2018 with nearly 60% of the vote.

But in a majority opinion handed down by Chief Justice Charles Canady, the Supreme Court ruled the tax was unconstitutional because it conflicted “with a state law that gives the County Commission the authority to allocate such funds.”

Justices Alan Lawson, Carlos Muñiz and Ricky Polston voted with Canady to overturn the tax. Justice Jorge Labarga was the lone

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