VOTERS WILL BE ASKED TO DECIDE A HALF-CENT SALES TAX THIS NOVEMBER
The half-cent increase would help improve roads, build more sidewalks and support water quality projects in unincorporated St. Lucie County, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and St. Lucie Village.The half-cent sales tax will not apply to purchases of gas, groceries, or medicine. For automobile or boat purchases, the tax would only be applied to the first $5,000 of the purchase. The increase will expire in 10 years.
EVERY DOLLAR STAYS HERE
These projects will create many local construction jobs. Funds can only be used for roads, sidewalks, and water quality projects. Not for salaries or new positions.
IT WON’T APPLY TO ALL PURCHASES
The half-cent sales tax will not apply to purchases of gas, groceries, or medicine. For automobile or boat purchases, the tax would only be applied to the first $5,000 of the purchase.
VISITORS CONTRIBUTE up to 20%
That means everyone who uses our roads, sidewalks and rivers will help pay for them, not just residents and property owners. If these improvements were paid through property taxes, only local property owners would carry the burden.
There will be local citizen oversight committee to ensure the money is spent as approved. Additionally, there are 4 layers of protection to ensure funds can only be used for roads, sidewalks, and water quality projects, not for salaries or new positions.
The sales tax increase will be placed on the Nov. 6, 2018. General Election ballot. Early voting is from Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, 2018.
For more information, including voting hours, voting precincts, and voter registration please visit the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections website.
WHAT WILL THE BALLOT LOOK LIKE?
Here is the ballot language that will appear when the electors cast their votes on Nov. 8, 2016.
HALF-CENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT SURTAX
OFFICIAL BALLOT HALF-CENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT SURTAX To provide for projects to improve local roads, reduce traffic congestion, improve local water quality, reduce neighborhood flooding and similar uses under Florida law and to seek matching funds for these purposes, shall St. Lucie County levy a half-cent sales tax, for ten years, with expenditures subject to review by an independent citizens committee ensuring that all dollars are spent fairly throughout Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie Village and St. Lucie County?
________ FOR THE 0.5 CENT SALES TAX
________ AGAINST THE 0.5 CENT SALES TAX