Transit referendum slated for Polk voters

Polk County traffic referendumIn February, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance authorizing a referendum to be voted on by Polk County voters in November 2014.

If passed, the referendum would enable a one percent sales surtax to fund the MyRide/MyRoad initiative. The revenues from the tax would go into a dedicated trust fund, with half of the proceeds to go to the Polk Transit Authority (PTA). PTA has created a plan to improve transit service throughout the county and create new bus routes to adjacent counties (like us!) connecting to major airports, tourist attractions and the James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital. The other half of the new tax revenues would go towards roadway maintenance and improvements throughout the county.

If the sales tax is approved, the County and the Citrus Connection would not levy the property taxes currently collected for roads and transit, respectively. Polk County voters will vote on the referendum as part of the November general election. For more information, contact Tom Phillips, Polk Transit Authority Executive Director, at 863.327.1315.