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Republican club to hear opposition to Greenlight tax plan

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CLEARWATER — Barb Haselden, spokesperson for No Tax For Tracks — a group of Pinellas County citizens who oppose the sales tax increase referendum associated with the mass transit plan called Greenlight Pinellas, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Republican Club of Greater Largo on April 21.

The No Tax For Tracks group asserts that the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s current $32 million annual budget will increase to $130 million if the referendum passes – a 14% sales tax increase.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the state investigation called for by State Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg into whether a Pinellas County transit agency broke the law by using taxpayer dollars to promote the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.

In a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, Sen. Brandes, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, asked the department to conduct a review of the PSTA’s Greenlight publicity campaign, which began last year, to determine if the use of taxpayer’s dollars to promote the one-cent tax referendum violates state law.

The Republican Club’s dinner-meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the banquet room at Alfano’s Restaurant located at 1702 Clearwater Largo Road North in Clearwater.

Reservations are suggested. Call (727) 593-1700.

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