BETTER ROADS, MORE SIDEWALKS, AND CLEANER RIVERS.

 

Thank you for supporting BETTER ROADS, MORE SIDEWALKS and CLEANER RIVERS. On Nov. 6, 55.79 percent of St. Lucie County voters agreed to increase the county’s sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years. We’ll be updating this website to help residents track the collection of these funds and the progress of the various projects in St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. Please check back for updates in the coming months.

 

 

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VOTERS HAVE APPROVED THE HALF-CENT SALES TAX INITIATIVE

The half-cent increase proposed on Amendment #14 will 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 will only be applied to the first $5,000 of the purchase. The increase will expire in 10 years.

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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.

CITIZEN OVERSIGHT

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.

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VOTER INFORMATION

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 for Amendment #14 that will appear when the electors cast their votes on Nov. 6, 2018.

HALF-CENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT SURTAX

To fund projects to improve local roads, reduce traffic congestion, add sidewalks, improve local water quality, including the Lagoon, reduce neighborhood flooding and similar uses under Florida law and seek matching funds for these purposes, shall St. Lucie County levy a half-cent sales tax, for ten years, with expenditures reviewed by an independent citizens committee ensuring 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