Hillsborough Commissioner Says Tax Attack Unfair

TAMPA (2010-8-19) -

A candidate for Hillsborough County commissioner says he has been unfairly attacked by an anti-tax group.

The organization, called Ax the Tax, has sent out mailers and produced an on-line, accusing the Republican incumbent Mark Sharpe of "supporting a 14 percent increase in sales tax." Sharpe voted to allow a one cent sales tax increase to go on the November ballot.

If approved in the referendum, the tax increase will go towards building light rail, as well as improving roads and bus services. Sharpe says it is a better way to raise revenue for transit than raising property taxes.

"I think it's going to be benefit people because tourists pay sales taxes," said Sharpe. "Tourists don't pay property taxes. We do, and I'd like to take the burden off property taxes."

The mailers also accuse of Sharpe of raising property taxes. But the county commissioner said he never did and never will.

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