Is HART board moving too fast?
The Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority has been without a CEO for a year, but some critics are saying the process to hire a new head for the agency is moving too quickly. The agency’s board will meet today to try to narrow its list of finalists.
But is Hillsborough moving too fast to find a transit chief ?
TAMPA — Hillsborough County’s transit agency is poised to add about $1.4 billion dollars to its budget in the next decade — but first, it needs to hire a CEO.
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Agency board is interviewing candidates this month to replace Katharine Eagan, who left for Pittsburgh a year ago.
Politicians and community members agree it is a pivotal time for the agency as it prepares to receive more than $130 million in new sales tax revenue each year on the heels of a November referendum — though Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White has asked a judge to determine whether the charter amendment violates state law. The agency’s current budget is about $80 million.
But some are concerned that board members are narrowing the candidate field too quickly.
The board discussed nine
Hillsborough Commissioner Stacy White filed a suit over a transportation tax approved by voters in November.
HART board chief Les Miller backs the selection process.