DADE CITY , Fla. (TBO.com)- The Pasco county commissioner who held the deciding vote on whether to raise the county’s proposed gas tax said it would take something extraordinary to convince him to support the higher tax.
Commissioner Henry Wilson wasn’t convinced. Tuesday night, he helped defeat the proposal to add a nickel to the cost of each gallon of unleaded fuel sold in the county.
“Now is not the time,” he said, ignoring pleas from Commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Pat Mulieri to compromise.
Instead of 5 cents, they offered a 3-cent gas tax increase that would end in 10 years. Then they offered to end the tax in five years. Wilson and Commissioner Jack Mariano voted against both motions. Chairman Ted Schrader supported both compromise options, but any increase to the gas tax required approval from four of the five commissioners.