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Dinner at the Square: A Penny for Transportation?

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Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St.

Oakland Park, FL 33334

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A Penny for Transportation?

Broward County is home to 1.9 million residents and welcomes 12.8 million visitors a year. More than 64 households move to Broward each day, gas tax revenues used for transit and road projects are flat or declining, and 50 percent of the air pollution in Broward is caused by vehicle emissions.

Broward County is built-out which physically constrains the ability to accommodate an approximately 235,000 new residents expected by the year 2040. It also physically and financially constrains the ability to increase road capacity through the construction of additional travel lanes for automobiles.

Broward voters will decide in November whether they want to increase the county’s sales tax for the next 30 years to raise $16 billion for local transportation projects. Those in favor of the project suggest that the plan targets our biggest traffic problems with solutions that will give residents a greater quality of life. Those opposed have tried to convince the County to consider a 10-year tax, or something far less than 30 years, that proves their numbers are trustworthy and that doesn’t commit Broward to old-school technology in the face of a rapidly changing transportation landscape.

If a majority of voters say yes, the referendum would take the county sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. While it’s called a “penny tax,” it would increase by 17 percent the amount of sales tax charged to consumers for any taxable goods they buy in the county.

In 2006, Broward voters overwhelmingly rejected increasing the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent to improve mass transit. In 2016, Broward County voters 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.




Panelists:

Beam Furr, Mayor, Broward County

Rosemary O'Hara, Editorial Page Editor, Sun Sentinel

Moderator:

Kate Stein, Reporter, WLRN



Price:
Pre-Registered Guests: $35. Ticket prices will increase to $45 after 9/26/18
Registered Guests: $45




Event Details:

Members of the Village Square ($68 membership) and 1 guest are invited to attend a cocktail reception prior to the panel discussion from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. You may sign up to become a member on the registration page.

Panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m.




Event Sponsor:

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance


Event Partners:

Brightline

Broward Workshop

Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce


Series Partners:

10 Days of Connection

Broward County Young Republicans

Broward League of Cities

Broward Young Democrats

Children's Services Council of Broward County

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance




About the Village Square: The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. We are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.

Dinner at the Square is the signature Village Square event. These dinners are intended to be educational in a format that is entertaining. The debate will be spirited but fact-based and civil.  Dinner will be included in your ticket price. The event will start promptly at 6:45 p.m.

Refund Policy: If you purchase a ticket to a Dinner at the Square event and can no longer attend the event, we will glady refund your purchase until 7 business days prior to the event. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue refunds after we have sent the venue a final count of guests.

Become a Member of the Village Square! As a member, you not only support the mission of the Village Square and help promote the Village Square events, but you will receive an invitation for you and a guest to ALL pre-dinner speaker receptions hosted by The Village Square Advisory Board. Pre-dinner receptions will be from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. followed by the Dinner at the Square from 6:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. You may sign for membership when you register. Please note that membership does not include the price of the dinners.

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Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St.

Oakland Park, FL 33334

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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