Mar 7, 2024 - News

Plan for Hillsborough's frozen tax funds revealed

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Hillsborough may see less than half of the money collected from its scrapped "All for Transportation" tax go toward its intended purpose.

Why it matters: The state Supreme Court threw $562 million in limbo after it killed the tax, leaving the county with battered, clogged roads and no route to relief.

Catch up quick: Hillsborough voters passed a one-cent sales tax in 2018 to ease the county's transportation woes by widening roads, fixing bridges and more.

  • Florida's high court slammed the brakes on the tax because it limited how the Board of County Commissioners could use the revenue.
  • The ruling didn't address what to do with the millions already collected. The funds remained unspent for two years as the Legislature mulled over a solution.

State of play: Florida lawmakers revealed their plan for the funds this week — and it's not what most people, including the governor, expected.

  • The plan, tucked in this year's budget proposal, splits the cash three ways: $256 million for road projects, $171 million for legal costs, and $162 million for a sales tax holiday.

What's next: The budget proposal faces its final stop on Friday.


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