BRADENTON, Fla. — After years of study and indecision, Hillsborough County, Fla., officials have agreed to place on November’s ballot a proposal to increase the sales tax by 1% to fund long-term mass transit projects, including light rail.

Hillsborough, home to Tampa along the mid-western coast, is one of Florida’s largest metropolitan areas without a mass transit program that includes a commuter-rail system.

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