PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida - Following a four-and-a-hour meeting, the Pinellas Co. Board of County Commission (BOCC) approved a compromise that will extend the five percent rate to 2021.
The initial proposal, which called for an indefinite extension of the five percent rate, failed to get the five-vote supermajority necessary. But when Commissioner Neil Brickfield switched his vote on the compromise plan, the 2021 extension passed, 5-2.
In October, the BOCC drafted an ordinance that would pave the way for funding for the new Dali Museum as well as a potential new baseball stadium in Pinellas County. However, newly-elected Commissioner Norm Roche has expressed interest in letting the tax lapse with no new stadium proposal on the table.