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The Santa Rosa County Commission recently hosted three meetings to gain public feedback on infrastructure needs and proposed projects to be funded by the local option sales tax. If you were not able to attend, please scroll down the page to the comment card and share your thoughts. The board will review the feedback received over the next few weeks and will continue to update the citizens during upcoming committee meetings.

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

Based on citizen input received from survey comments and town hall meetings, the Board approved the following 5-year target percentage allocations at the May 9, 2017, regular board meeting:
  • Transportation & Drainage 52%
  • Public Safety 27%
  • Recreation/Natural Resources 10%
  • Public Facilities 4%
  • Capital Equipment 2%

Links & Documents

Comments and Input
Please provide comments on the 1/2 cent local option sales tax tentative project list.
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