Transit Update from the CEO – February 2014

Each month, PSTA’s CEO Brad Miller prepares a summary of some of the important topics discussed at the Board Meeting. This is the summary from February’s meeting:

PSTA Board Unanimously Supports Increased Greenlight Pinellas Plan Information OutreachIntern Juliana with the Wheel of the Future game [Photo: Byron Boykins]

  • The Board approved reallocating approved PSTA budget funds to support increased public outreach prior to the November 4, 2014 Vote.
  • Outreach initiatives will include development of targeted audience brochures, Greenlight Fact Sheets to respond to incorrect information, and telephone town halls.

Inaugural Transit Riders Advisory Committee Appointed

  • 1bus passengers4 regular PSTA Bus Riders from all sectors of Pinellas County were appointed to this new committee to advise the PSTA Board on how to make PSTA services even better!
  • Welcome aboard!

Greenlight Pinellas Fact (We will be distributing these in different ways)

       Opponents of the Greenlight Pinellas Plan claim this is a 14% tax increase that will hurt Pinellas County’s economy.

Fact: The Greenlight Pinellas Plan eliminates PSTA’s property tax. For many residents and most Pinellas businesses, this means a net reduction in overall taxes.

Greenlight Pinellas LogoThe true net effect of this sales tax initiative is that substantial improvements to Pinellas’ public transportation system can be accomplished while property owners with Pinellas property with taxable values over $150,000 will see decreases in their overall taxes. A comparison of major U.S. cities to Pinellas County shows that it is in the lower third of overall tax burden. It is to be noted that the majority of these cities also have robust transit systems.

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Brad Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)

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