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The Santa Rosa County Commission will host three public meetings
in the month of April to get feedback on infrastructure needs and proposed
projects to be funded by the local option sales tax.
Monday - April 3, 5 - 8 p.m.
Chumuckla Community Center
2355 Highway 182 in Jay
Tuesday - April 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
Tiger Point Community Center
1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze
Tuesday - April 18, 5 - 8 p.m.
Santa Rosa Administrative Center
6495 Caroline St in Milton
The first hour of each meeting will begin with an open house
format. Citizens are encouraged to review resource materials related to the
current needs list and provide written comments. Staff will be
available to answer any questions. The board will convene at 6 p.m. to
provide time for further public discussion and comment.Ballot Language
“Shall a one half cent
sales tax be levied to fund law enforcement/fire and public safety
facilities and equipment, transportation and drainage improvements,
infrastructure projects/public facilities, recreation/natural resources
and capital equipment. The tax will be levied for a period of five years.”
The half-penny Local Option
Sales Tax (LOST) provides an additional funding stream for the infrastructure
needs of our growing county while reducing the reliance on property tax.
Identifying diverse funding sources like the LOST, which generates revenue for
much-needed capital projects from visitors – not just residents – is essential
to keeping Santa Rosa County ad valorem taxes low.
The half-cent local option
sales tax was passed by approximately two-thirds of Santa Rosa County voters on
August 30, 2016 and went into effect January 1. Over the next five years, the
half-cent sales tax will generate an estimated $35 million to fund improvement projects such as:
enforcement, fire and public safety
facilities and equipment
and drainage improvements
projects and public facilities
- recreation/natural resources
LOST funds cannot be used
- Salaries, position
upgrades, merit increases or Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)
- Employee retirement
- Employee insurance