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Public Outreach Results. Consolidated Transit Development Plan (TDP) Unique Polk County Communities Listening Sessions Market Specific Services Operating / Capital Needs. 31 Listening Sessions held 2/6 – 4/19/2012 Outreach to over 10,000 Polk County residents. My Ride Plan .

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Public outreach results

Public Outreach Results

  • Consolidated Transit Development Plan (TDP)

  • Unique Polk County Communities

  • Listening Sessions

  • Market Specific Services

  • Operating / Capital Needs

  • 31 Listening Sessions held 2/6 – 4/19/2012

  • Outreach to over 10,000 Polk County residents

My Ride Plan


Public outreach results

My Ride Plans for all 17 Municipalities in

Polk County

Lake Alfred

Frostproof

Mulberry

Ridge-Highland Park, Hill Crest Heights & Babson Park

Davenport

Winter Haven

Lake Wales

Fort Meade

Lake Hamilton


Refund

The Fruits of Good Management

refund

Cost per hour down 8.6%

$100,000 refunded to the Board of County Commissioners.

$50,000 refunded to the Polk Transit.

Municipal refunds to WHAT funding partners (TBD)


The swap

Moving the cost of county roads, bridges, and public transit away from exclusive taxation of homeowners and business owners of Polk County onto a sales tax based system shared by tourists, visitors, and everyone equally.

FUNDING STRATEGY

“The swap”


Public outreach results

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  • Remove 1 mil for roads from all Polk County Home and Business Owners.

  • Remove .5 mil from LAMTD Homeowners and Businesses in Polk County.

SWAP STRATEGY

  • Effect:

    • 1 mil reduction in Polk County.

    • 1.5 mil reduction in the District.

    • Implement a 1 cent sales surtax Countywide:

    • ½ cent for roads and bridges.

    • ½ cent for transit.


Impacts positive

Impacts / positive

+ for commercial and residential real estate markets.

+ expanded access for businesses.

+ regional mobility options for all 17 Municipalities and Poinciana.

+ “Fair” tax. 20% paid for by tourists

+ Sales tax does not include utilities, rent, mortgage, prescriptions, non-prepared foods, machinery for new or expanded business, labor, parts and equipment for new or expanded businesses, electricity used in manufacturing.

  • Taxed on first $5,000 of purchase only.

  • HB 7007 provides 3 years of existing manufacturing sales tax exemptions


So why my ride

So why My Ride?

USF/LRMC partnership

If not now, when?

What is our competitive advantage in the region?

  • Increased Economic Development

  • Pinellas County: “Transportation is the lifeblood of business. You’ve got to get your employees to and from work and anything you can do to speed that process along the roadways helps improve the business and economy.” ~Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development

  • Tampa: Celestar Defense, Florida Blue Regional, Cushman & Wakefield

  • Seminole County

  • Brookings Institute Study

  • Educated Workforce: COLTS

  • Polytechnic


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