Assistant metro editor, Tampa Bay Times
Doug Bennett is assistant metro editor for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times.
The policy treats gay people differently than other groups
A 2005 gay pride vote "had nothing to do with discrimination."
Tampa's general fund is still bailing out parking garages
"Financed the largest parking expansion program without a rate increase."
It's rare, but 'no one' misses the mark
"No one in the private sector gets unlimited accruals of vacation and sick leave."
Some payments went down, but a lot more were added
"Refinanced $232.6 million in bonds, resulting in reduced debt service for the City."
But the amount may vary, it's not all rail, and it's not just Tampa
The sales tax increase, if approved, will cost taxpayers "up to $300 million per year, in perpetuity, to finance a rail system for the City of Tampa."
The math is wrong because he started with the wrong year
Property taxes "are now 18% higher than when (Mark Sharpe) first took office."
But cutting the tax rate isn't the same as cutting taxes.
"Mark Sharpe has lowered property taxes by 17 percent."
If voters approve, yes
If voters agree in November to approve a one-cent sales tax increase, that will give "Hillsborough County the highest sales tax of all Florida counties."
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