In April, the "Greenlight Pinellas" initiative received nearly $400,000 in corporate funding while the referendum's opponent group, "No Tax for Tracks", received roughly 1% of that - most of which was given by individual Pinellas residents.
The Greenlight monetary breakdown for the month looks like this:
- $245,000 from National Assoc. of Realtors
- $50,000 from Sykes Enterprises
- $50,000 from Raymond James Financial
- $25,000 from Baycare Health System
- $25,000 from the Tampa Bay Rays
Despite such a large difference in funds raised not only in April but up to this point, the opposition is not worried. "No Tax for Tracks" spearhead Barb Haselden says that other similar votes have gone the way of rail and increased bus presence opposition despite limited funding, and that it will simply cost less for voters to accept the "No Tax for Tracks" message.
Supporters of "Greenlight Pinellas" site the correlation between more accessible mass transit and economic growth as a primary reason for their backing. Such supporters include Pinellas District 5 Commissioner Karen Seel, the Tampa Bay Rays organization and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.
The "Greenlight Pinellas" referendum will appear on this November's ballot and would provide a 65% increase in bus service throughout Pinellas, more opportunities for interbay travel and a future rail system connecting St. Petersburg to Clearwater by way of the Gateway area.