TAMPA, Fla. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce released the following statement following the failure to place a sales tax increase on the November ballot: “We are disappointed that a majority of the Board of County Commissioners failed to place a half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot this fall. As I stated last night during the public comment portion of the hearing – our community must make a significant, long-term investment in transportation. Kicking the can down the road is not what we expect of our elected officials nor what our community deserves. With 1200 member companies representing over a quarter of a million employees, it is our obligation as a Chamber to continue our collaboration efforts with our elected officials on a tangible solution to our challenges going forward. We know that resolving our transportation issues is one challenge that will not go away on its own and doing nothing simply cannot continue. We are committed to continuing our efforts through education and advocacy. We remain optimistic that our community will one day benefit from a transportation system that meets the needs of businesses and families” said Chamber president and CEO Bob Rohrlack. About the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is committed to serving our members and enhancing our community by building business success. The Chamber provides a greater return on investment and involvement by providing innovative leadership, inside access, influential advocacy and increased opportunities.