By Sharon Calvert, (excerpts from Eye on Tampa Bay)
County Commission Chairman Les Miller, a supporter of the $16 billion All For Transportation (AFT) tax hike boondoggle, urged the board to approve bonding out $10 million of AFT tax proceeds while the tax is in litigation and under legal uncertainty . He also promoted authorization for the county to file a bond validation lawsuit and sue its own citizens.
The video and the transcript of the meeting can be found here. The entire transcript of the meeting can also be found here . Search on “bond validation” to find the entire discussion of this agenda item. It is eye opening.
The litigation has ramifications for every county and municipality in Florida. Serious legal questions must be resolved that are bigger than just Hillsborough County. Can a county charter supercede state law? The rule of law must be protected.
And even more egregious is that bonding the AFT tax proceeds by any agency takes away the rights of citizens and future commission boards to change or repeal the AFT tax hike charter amendment.
Apparently, filing this bond validation lawsuit provides a faster path in the appellate process. It enables the case.
White filed a lawsuit in December, case #18-CA-011749, challenging the AFT tax hike charter amendment on numerous counts. White’s lawsuit and associated legal proceedings and filings can be found on the Hillsborough County Clerk of the Court’s website by following these instructions.
Citizens and taxpayers are subservient to the bondholders and six county commissioners—Miller, Kemp, Sandy Murman, Ken Hagan, Mariella Smith, and Kimberly Overman—affirmed that.