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* 1. On November 4, 2014, Pinellas County voters will be asked whether to increase our sales tax to 8% in order to pay for the construction of light rail.

Were you aware of this referendum?

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* 2. The referendum involves approving or rejecting the so-called Greenlight Pinellas Plan for light rail and public transit. Have you heard of this plan?

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* 3. Are you aware that the proposed light rail plan (Greenlight Pinellas Plan) does NOT include rail to Tampa or Tampa International Airport?

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* 4. Light rail from downtown St. Petersburg (8th Street and 1st Avenue South) to downtown Clearwater is being proposed. Are you aware that "light rail" means street cars travelling at 25 miles per hour? (source for definition of "light rail": American Public Transport Association)

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* 5. The Greenlight Pinellas Plan includes dedicated bus lanes on 49th Street, 4th Street, East Bay, Ulmerton, Gulf-to-Bay and Seminole Blvd. By taking away lanes from other traffic, this will CAUSE congestion, not reduce it. Not even car pools are allowed in the dedicated bus lanes.

Were you aware of these facts?

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* 6. If the Greenlight Pinellas Plan is approved, we will have an 8% sales tax forever, and it would be the highest sales tax in Florida.

Were you aware of this fact?

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* 7. The Greenlight Pinellas Plan calls for $130 million per year in sales tax to replace $32 million per year in property taxes. This is a 300% increase in our taxes.

Were you aware of this fact?

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* 8. In 2012, our transit authority (PSTA) raised our taxes by 30%.
(This in addition to the 300% tax increase they now want)

Were you aware of this fact?

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* 9. The Greenlight Pinellas Plan has nothing to do with the Florida high speed rail network that has been discussed.

Were you aware of this fact?

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* 10. Do you plan to vote "yes" or "no" to the sales tax increase? That is, are you voting for or against the Greenlight Pinellas Plan?

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