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Work list firming up for Duval gas-tax extension bill

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 6:40pm

A plan to use money for road and transportation improvements by extending Jacksonville’s gas tax is about ready for City Council committees to debate.

Council President Bill Gulliford said Thursday a project list detailing roadwork, intersection improvements and transit work will be part of a substitute version of legislation (bill 2013-820) that has been parked in committees since winter.

The 6-cent-per-gallon tax charged now in Duval County expires in August 2016, and Guliford’s bill would keep that in place another 20 years.

That would pay for about $100 million in bond issues, which would cover the first 14 items on a list of potential projects that would top about $235 million.

The most expensive item the work plan would pay for is $16.7 million worth of work widening Kernan Boulevard to six lanes between Atlantic Boulevard and McCormick Road with sidewalks and bike lanes.

Other big-ticket items include widening Collins Road to four lanes between Blanding Boulevard and Pine Verde Lane ($13.6 million); rebuilding a part of Girvin Road north of Atlantic with bike lanes, sidewalks and curbs and gutters ($13.21 million); and remaking San Pablo Road between Atlantic and Beach boulevards to include bike lanes and sidewalks ($10.9 million).

Finance Committee Chairman Greg Anderson said he wants members to decide whether money from the tax could be used better for bonds or simply banked and used on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The work list also includes improvements to a series of transit corridors ($15 million) and reconstructing part of Alta Drive between Interstate 295 and Burkit Lane ($8.85 million).

But there are reasons beyond roadwork to continue the tax, Gulliford told council members who met Thursday to go over the work plan.

“You’ve got a huge unemployment issue,” he said, especially among young men who could work in construction. “That’s very, very important to me if you can put people to work right now.”

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National_Security_Warning_Order 04/13/14 - 11:27 pm
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Gulliford' connections to the

Gulliford' connections to the construction industry are suspect. This requires an FBI investigation because too many questions aren't being asked. Gulliford has a chip on his shoulder against Jacksonville. For decades he has fought against consolidation. Because of his hatred for the city Gulliford could be planning to get kickbacks or something to satisfy his personal vendetta.

Some believe Gulliford is still fighting Jacksonville- the same fight he fought as mayor of Atlantic Beach. The way Gulliford has acted toward the mayor, city council employees, and mayor office employees shows something is wrong with Gulliford. Serious questions need to be asked.

Gulliford sounds detached and unaware of what he says. He could very well be a drunk from Atlantic Beach all vindictive spewing hate. This is what we have witnessed.

National_Security_Warning_Order 04/11/14 - 07:12 am
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Instead of innovative plans

Instead of innovative plans for transportation the city council will rubber stamp the same cycle of tax and spend road projects. The gas tax renewal is an opportunity to increase productivity through change.

The cost of gas continues to increase and the amount of gas consumed is decreasing. This has been the trend. The six cent gas tax will collect less revenue than predicted.

In other words, Gulliford is making funding promises from supporting the ferry to other priorities while pumping the gas tax bill will put young people back to work on roads. The gas tax money is for a hand full of contractors and there won't be enough money for funding other needs nor the ferry. Gulliford is making commitments which can't be funded Does this mean Gulliford is a liar?

The Gulliford gas tax must be vetoed. A comprehensive gas tax which can guarantee funding for a host of needs must be considered after the election to free the issue from election year politics.

Gulliford' road construction list can be included in a larger transportation funding package. In this way, the ferry and other priorities are actually funded.

National_Security_Warning_Order 04/11/14 - 12:09 am
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Green Tax verses a Gas

Green Tax verses a Gas Tax

The roads bill is a back room list of projects auctioned off for cash contributions and political favors.

The tax issue should wait until after the election to allow greater input. But Gulliford is trying to push it through quickly with out having public hearings, city transportation department presentations etc. Gulliford has once again hijacked city operations for his own political agenda. Gulliford's employment bill is for a hand full of contractors

(I have read rude statements from Gulliford and no one called him on it. Gulliford has always been rough and rude like a drunk. Yes. A drunk acts the way he acts. An outsider from Jacksonville beach loyal to road contractors from the days when he sold them construction equipment. And where do contractors hang out? bars)

The mayor needs to veto a gas tax because there hasn't been enough input from all directions. This jerk Gulliford is manipulating the city for a group of contractors.

A political solution can change the gas tax in to a green tax. A portion of the tax would be committed to a green project. A six cent gas tax is insufficient.

The city needs a green tax. A tax for roads and a tax which saves gas. A green tax would have a good chance after the election. The city needs a large green tax to finance roads and cost saving alternatives to roads. The gas tax becomes a green tax when a green project is financed.

A 20 cent green tax per gallon- 7 cents for roads, 3 cents for transportation operations and 10 cents for a green project.(the city must capture more revenues from those who travel through the city and from those who work and shop in the city but don't live there. It is reasonable then to have a larger tax than 6 cents.)

The 10 cent green tax can finance a mono rail from downtown to the airport with stations in between. A monorail is self financing thus both the green tax and monorail revenue would pay for the bond.

More people will accept a green tax with real green progress verses a limited roads bill financed by a gas tax. A monorail to a productive destination is a real green project.

And for Gulliford, I believe he should be tarred and feathered for blocking the transfer of hundreds of millions in vacant buildings and idle lands to police and fire pension fund. The city is sitting on $200 million plus in idle property.

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