Half-Cent Local Infrastructure Sales Tax

What could it mean for Orange City?

Volusia County is advancing a 1/2-cent sales tax question as part of a special election in the Spring of 2019. The 1/2-cent sales tax, if approved by the voters, is expected to generate $45 million per year countywide for the next 20 years. Of that amount the City of Orange City would receive approximately $672,587 per year.

Revenues generated from the proposed ½-cent sales tax shall be limited to finance, construct, reconstruct, maintain, repair and improve public infrastructure including long term capital maintenance and useful life extension of public infrastructure projects. Examples include: new and improved sidewalks near schools, roadway improvements including roadway reconstruction, reducing traffic congestion, local flood control and improving water quality and such other similar uses authorized under Florida law for the use and benefit of the citizens of the City and the general public.

How does the city expend current sales tax dollars?

The City receives Sales Tax from Volusia County which are considered a General Fund revenue source. The General Fund accounts for the majority of non‐utility services including Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks & Recreation. The annual sales tax proceeds collected by the city are used to pay for municipal-wide programs.

½ Cent Sales Tax

An additional 1/2 cent sales tax would represent an additional $672,587 to Orange City (amount would change annually).   These  funds would be limited to qualifying infrastructure projects.  

Limited to qualifying infrastructure projects

 Expending revenue generated from the 1/2-cent sales tax would be limited to developing and bringing to fruition public infrastructure projects, such as  roadway improvements/ reconstruction, reducing traffic congestion, local flood control and improving water quality and such other similar uses authorized under Florida law for the use and benefit of the citizens of the City and the general public.

What is on the ballot?

LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

HALF-CENT SALES SURTAX.

TO FUND PROJECTS FOR COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL PUBLIC FACILITIES RESTRICTED TO ROADS, SIDEWALKS, BRIDGES, WATER QUALITY, STORMWATER AND FLOOD CONTROL, AND AMENITIES ANCILLARY TO THOSE FACILITIES, SHALL VOLUSIA COUNTY ORDINANCE 2019-4 BE APPROVED TO LEVY A ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX FOR TWENTY YEARS; AND TO ESTABLISH A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE USE OF PROCEEDS?

O – FOR the half-cent sales tax

O – AGAINST the half-cent sales tax

To learn more about the countywide referendum special election for a proposed half-cent sales tax, please visit www.volusia.org/services/public-works/sales-tax-ballot.stml.

Proposed Projects for Orange City

Transportation Projects

  • Harley Strickland Blvd (Widening from 3 to 4 lanes) $3.9 million
  • Rhode Island Ave (Reconstruct, intersection capacity, paved shoulders, and pedestrian improvements) $3.1 million
  • East Graves Ave (Reconstruct, paved shoulders and pedestrian intersection improvements) $4.5 million
  • South Leavitt Ave ((Reconstruct, paved shoulders and pedestrian intersection improvements) $2.7 million
  • City Local Roads (reconstruct and rehabilitate Blue Springs Avenue, Shaddick Drive, N Leavitt Ave, E Rose Avenue, E Banana Ave, S Oak Avenue, N & S Carpenter Avenue) $6.6 million
  • Thorpe Ave (pave) $864,000

Transportation Projects – Partnerships

  • Veterans Memorial Parkway (Four-laning and realignment) $24.2 million partnership with Volusia County
  • Rhode Island Ave (New 4 lanes) $15.5 million partnership with Volusia County and FDOT
  • Westside Beltway (New 2 lanes) $20.35 million partnership with Volusia County
  • Intersection of Enterprise Rd and US 17-92 (Construct, safety, pedestrian and intersection improvements) $500,000 partnership with partnership with Volusia County and FDOT
  • West French Ave (New sidewalk and bridge) $6 million partnership with FDOT
  • Pedestrian overpass at French Ave & US 17-92 (New bridge) $6 million partnership with FDOT

Water Quality Projects

  • West Blue Wetland Recharge Project (work with other governments to purchase and reconstruct old borrow pit to hold and filtrate treated reclaimed water and stormwater to benefit Blue Spring basin) cost TBD partnership with SJRWMD, Volusia County, City of DeLand and City of Deltona

Stormwater Projects

  • East Lansdowne Ave between Jasmine Ave and North Thorpe Ave (engineering and construction to correct roadway flooding, adjacent yard flooding and erosion) $698,000
  • 2nd Street and Plum Drive, NW area (engineering and construction to correct intersection and adjacent yard flooding) $108,000
  • Waggin’ Trail Dog Park off South Leavitt Ave, south of intersection with Shaddick Dr (engineering and construction to correct roadway flooding in vicinity) $307,000
  • Harley Strickland Blvd, between Threadgill Place and VMP (Engineering and construction to correct inadequate conveyance of flood waters during extreme flood events to percent flooding hospital. Could be complete with transportation projects above) $428,000

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the election?

· Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters on May 1, 2019

· Ballots are due back to the Supervisor of Elections Office by May 21, 2019.

· You may mail your ballot back or   return it in person.

· There is no in-person voting in this election to try to attract the highest voter turnout rate possible.

What will it do if passed?

 · Improve local roads and bridges, reduce traffic congestion and build more sidewalks to schools

· Clean local waterways, reduce flooding and improve water quality

Where does the money go?

· Every dollar raised stays in Volusia County

· 50% goes to the County, 50% goes to the Cities

· An additional 1/2 cent sales tax would represent an additional $672,587 to Orange City.

Who pays?

· Everyone who shops in Volusia County

· Including tourists and visitors to our community

Sales taxes are not levied on items such as groceries, prescription drugs, and fuel.

No more than $25 for this tax will be charged on large purchases.

Four Layers of Protection

 · Florida law governs these expenditures;

· The ballot language creates a local, enforceable ordinance that directs how the money will be used;

· City and County elected leaders must approve the expenditures—and they are accountable to you; and

· A local citizens oversight committee will oversee all expenditures and ensure the money is used the way it was intended by voters.

For more information about the countywide referendum special election for a proposed half-cent sales tax, please visit www.volusia.org/services/public-works/sales-tax-ballot.stml

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