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October 1, 2018

Broward Workshop endorses proposed Broward County Transportation Sales Tax on November ballot

Broward Workshop has voted to endorse the proposed one penny transportation sales tax on the November 6 ballot. For several decades, Broward Workshop has worked with Broward County to try to pass a transportation surtax that would modernize and enhance our transportation system. The timing for the vote this year couldn’t be better as more and more voters are frustrated by escalating traffic congestion that promises to grow worse as our population increases.

Recognizing that the tax will provide relief for all residents, Broward cities this year have joined the County in the effort to encourage voters to pass the Penny For Transportation Plan. More than 30% of the revenues from the penny surtax will be generated by tourists. For Broward residents - groceries, gas and prescription drugs will be exempt.

Broward County has worked closely with its transportation partners at FDOT, the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and local cities to formulate a modern, comprehensive plan for upgraded roads and bridges, new fiber optics, smart signal systems, eco-friendly mass transit and resiliency projects in a 21st-century system.

With 62 of 67 Florida counties already having levied a transportation surtax, Broward is starting late in this process. We are dead last among Florida’s 67 counties in per capita expenditures for roads and streets.

According to Broward Workshop Chair, Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture, “Improving our transportation systems will not only help drivers, commuters, and pedestrians but will also help promote quality, long-range economic development in Broward County. The Broward Workshop is hopeful that our entire community will come together in support of the passage of the Penny for Transportation Plan.”

Broward Workshop is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1981. It consists of the chief decision makers representing 120 of Broward County's major businesses and professions. Through the Workshop, business leaders seek to facilitate positive solutions to Broward County's critical issues and to serve as a catalyst to encourage the cooperative effort between various entities working for county-wide, specific, long-range common goals.

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