Worth it or Wasted: Community Investment Tax - FOX 13 News

Worth it or Wasted: Community Investment Tax

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It was 16 years ago that voters in Hillsborough County approved the Community Investment Tax.

The 30-year half-penny sales tax has already funded a number of projects, including new roads, schools, libraries, and equipment for police and fire.

$168-million was used to build the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a new football stadium, because, without a new stadium, there was talk the team would leave town.

Joe Chillura was a Hillsborough County commissioner at the time and came up with the idea of the Community Investment Tax, or CIT. Looking back, does he think it was a good spend of public money?

"I think it was absolutely worth it, primarily because it was a voter referendum. It's not often that voters get to tax themselves -- 53 to 47 percent, which is more than the president won by," offered Chillura.

What do you think -- was it worth it or wasted? Text 'WASTE' or 'WORTH IT' to 94465 to vote, and be sure to tune in to FOX 13 tonight at 5 and 6 for the full story and results.

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