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A circuit court judge shoots down Hillsborough's All For Transportation referendum

A crowded intersection at Big Bend Road and US 301 in Hillsborough County.
All For Transportation
The intersection of Big Bend Road and US 301 is shown in Hillsborough County.

The judge ruled the language in the ballot question was misleading. The county can still appeal.

As of now, Hillsborough County voters will not get to decide this November whether to implement a All For Transportation new sales tax that would go toward improving transportation infrastructure.

Judge Anne-Leigh Gaylord Moe of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court ruled Monday in favor of the plaintiff in a lawsuit that said the language in the ballot question was misleading.

If passed, the 1% sales tax would have lasted for 30 years, and provided the county and its municipalities with millions in funding to repave roadways, improve public transit, and dig into a backlog of other transportation projects.

The ruling is the latest stumbling block in an attempt to put a transportation tax referendum before voters.

In 2018, 57% of Hillsborough County voters approved a 1-cent sales tax to fund improvements. It was later struck down after County Commissioner Stacy White sued, claiming it violated the state constitution.

An official release of the ruling is expected later this week. The county can still appeal it.

This is a developing story. Stay with WUSF for updates.

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