Bill Varian reports that Tampa Bay area residents repeatedly entangle the two, and can't figure out why they need the sales tax with all the stimulus funding.
Varion writes, "Sam Rashid, a veteran of antitax campaigns who is opposing a Hillsborough tax referendum, agreed that the overlapping timing of the two issues presents a challenge to supporters.
Opponents have a simple message: The government wants to spend a bunch of money on a pipe dream. Supporters have a nuanced argument.
"You can easily sell one image. I think the picture people are drawing in their minds is of a monorail system from Disney World all through Tampa, not realizing it's two different animals," Rashid said."