During questioning by investigators after the recent Go Hillsborough scandal, my opponent, a 16-year career county commissioner admitted under oath to leading the effort to put a $6 Billion sales tax increase on the ballot in 2010. Read from the transcript yourself:
Now, "Tax-Happy" Hagan wants to claim to be a tax cutter, but he's in favor of a massive sales tax increase! Taxpayers in District 2 came out in record numbers to vote down his $6 Billion Tax Increase, but that didn't stop him. In 2014, an engineering study said that Hillsborough County does not have sufficient density to meet federal guidelines for light rail and CSX rail, but that didn't stop him from pushing for Billions in new taxes in 2016! (See panel to the right.)
In 2016, he was the ONLY Republican to vote for putting a $3Billion sales tax increase on the ballot! After going one-by-one to eliminate any options other than his tax increase, he said:
What!? His "...limitations on funding options..." language was meant to convince his fellow Republicans to put his sales tax increase on the ballot. Ultimately, the other commissioners found nearly a Billion dollars in the budget to start fixing our county's traffic congestion problems in 2018.
Now, there's a ballot initiative for a $15 Billion sales tax increase being pushed by a few Billionaires and big corporate CEO's. The language forbids any of the money from being spent to increase capacity on our roads. So, Billionaires with private planes want to force us ordinary folks to take buses and trains! My opponent won't stop trying to raise taxes...
What's going to stop him? #VoteChrisParadies
TAMPA — A 2014 study by AECOM dismayed advocates of a plan to put a tax-increase-for-transportation referendum on an upcoming ballot. The study called for an increase in ridership on HART buses, first. Then, ridership dropped by 10% in 2016 and dropped even more in 2017...
That won't stop my opponent. He says he's running to get Billions in new taxes on the ballot for transit and for a new $892 Billion stadium.
My opponent was the ONLY Republican to vote with Democrats to put a $3 Billion tax increase on the ballot!
His efforts failed by a single vote, but now his friends are pushing a ballot initiative for a $15 Billion sales tax increase!
"Tax-Happy" Hagan won't stop, until you #VoteChrisParadies in the August 28th Republican Primary!
What took commissioners so long to make fixing our roads a budget priority? My opponents vindictive style of "leadership" didn't help. His secret efforts behind-the-scenes to steer the results of transportation "studies" didn't help. His efforts to avoid transparency and stay out of Florida's sunshine laws didn't help. All of this is well documented in the investigation that followed. It was reported, publicly and extensively, by Channel 10 News and other media sources.
Now, this term-limited, 16-year career county commissioner is bragging in campaign literature that a "plan" of his created 20,000 jobs and $2 Billion dollars in spending. That's $100,000 per job created! Only a liberal politician or complete RINO would brag about Billions of dollars in wasteful spending, while pushing for even more in new sales taxes that hit our families, seniors and small businesses hardest. Career politicians like my opponent wildly inflate "economic impact" numbers to justify wasteful spending that directly benefits their big political donors! He brags about his votes for tax cuts. Our taxes aren't based on millage rate alone, which means that our real estate tax bills will actually be going up this year, even though commissioners voted for a minuscule millage rate decrease! When we pay more, that's a tax increase not a tax cut! Aren't you tired of this kind of duplicity from career politicians!