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Election 2012: Florida communities to decide on transportation questions
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

Voters in two Florida communities will decide Nov. 6 whether to boost transportation funding. Another Florida locale will decide the fate of certain pickup trucks.

A lengthy list of ballot questions in Pasco County will include a sales tax question. Voters in the area north of Tampa will be asked whether they want to renew the current penny sales tax in the county for another 10 years.

The tax revenue benefits schools, public safety and transportation projects throughout the county. An extension is projected to raise about $502 million during the next decade.

The county and school district would split 90 percent of the revenue. Pasco’s six municipalities would divvy the rest based on population.

A two-hour drive north on Interstate 75 is the location of another local ballot question that covers transportation.

Ballots in Alachua County will include a question about whether to pass a three-quarter percent sales tax for roads. The tax, which would be in effect for 15 years, is estimated to generate $22.5 million annually.

All money would pay for road maintaining, paving and reconstruction throughout the county, including all municipalities.

The city of Gainesville would claim about $5.5 million – or 24 percent – of the annual revenue.

Supporters say discretionary sales surtaxes are common in the state. All but one of Alachua County’s surrounding eight counties levy the surtaxes.

A community in Miami-Dade County will cast ballots on whether to modify a ban on parking pickup trucks overnight in the city.

Currently, a city ordinance in Coral Gables prohibits pickups from being parked overnight on city streets or in residential driveways.

The ballot question will ask voters whether to allow residents to have one non-commercial pickup per residence. Pickups would be required to have a fully covered bed and no more than four wheels.

For more 2012 election coverage from Land Line, click here.

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