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May 11, 2016

NOVEMBER BALLOT: WILD SPACES - Voters to decide on tax

The County Commission has decided to ask voters by way of the Nov. 8 ballot to renew a half-cent sales tax that will be used to fund conservation lands and parks and recreation projects.

… During the public comment section of the meeting, county resident Bruce Nelson spoke out against the referendum. He speculated that east Gainesville voters won’t support the tax increase, especially in light of the county’s vote not to move ahead with a plan by Weyerhaeuser, which recently acquired the Plum Creek Timber Company. The company said its plan would bring much-needed jobs and housing to the east Gainesville area.

Photo credit: Gainesville Sun, File Photo

Photo caption: The Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Center at Northside Park, shown in this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo, was partially funded through the county Wild Spaces and Public Places sales tax., The Gainesville Sun, May 11, 2016. (Read entire article)

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