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LOST Information

This page is under development and will be updated regularly over the next several weeks.

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:
  • law enforcement, fire and public safety facilities and equipment
  • transportation and drainage improvements
  • infrastructure projects and public facilities
  • recreation/natural resources
  • capital equipment
  LOST funds cannot be used for:
  • Salaries, position upgrades, merit increases or Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)
  • Employee retirement expenses
  • Employee insurance costs

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LOST Project List

Under Development