Broward voters defeat penny sales tax proposal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County voters have defeated a proposal to raise the sales tax for transportation and infrastructure issues.

The ballot actually contained  two bills that would have resulted in a new 7-percent sales tax.

The first bill would provided funds to ease traffic and expand bus service, while the second bill would go towards infrastructure improvements such as road paving and building emergency stations.

Proponents of the bills estimated revenue of 15 billion dollars in 30 years.

However, the two bills were tied to each other, meaning if one failed, both would fail.

Opponents worried that the additional funds would not be used properly after a similar measure in Miami-Dade was passed years ago, only for residents to see more tolls added to county roadways.