Tampa Does It with Mirrors

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Sr. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 12, Pg. 40-43


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: As one of the nation's fastest growing cities, Tampa needed far more public works dollars. But the traditional source, the real estate tax, can no longer be relied on so heavily, nor can federal monies. Tampa is a leader in finding new sources, particularly new user charges for transportation and drainage. Tampa expects to create a storm drainage utility in two or three years, which will charge land owners user fees based on runoff. As for transportation facilities, in 1980 the state legislature authorized its counties to levy gasoline taxes, making it one of few states to do so. Tampa public works people are also making ends meet by cutting costs, for example, by reaming and relining tuberculated water pipe rather than replacing it, and by constraining the rate of growth of the public works budget.

Subject Headings: Fees | Financing | Funding | Infrastructure | Storm sewers | Transportation management | Urban development

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