Stacy White grilled on All For Transportation lawsuit. Here’s what he had to say
All For Transportation attorney Ben Hill deposed Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White for three hours earlier this month over his lawsuit seeking to overturn the 1 percent sales tax voters approved for transportation improvements last month.
Hill’s line of questioning supported the group’s assertion that White has no legal standing as an elected county official to sue the board on which he serves.
The deposition also provides a glimpse into the timeline during which White arrived at the conclusion that he would file the suit, offering insight into his decision-making process.
About an hour into the deposition, Hill asked White if his lawsuit was successful, would that decision “apply to all of the county commissioners.”
White agreed, after some consultation with his attorney, Chris Altenbernd.
Hill pressed further.
“So you unilaterally — that is, on your own — are taking a stand that will affect all of the County Commissioners?
White deferred to Altenbernd.
“I’ll tell you, the answer is absolutely yes. The judge will either give them the authority to make what they deem appropriate under the tax and be accountable for it or he’ll hold the tax to be invalid. So it will