Recount results: Martin County sales tax still defeated

A motorist drives on the bridge on Southwest Murphy Road on Oct. 16, 2014. Martin County has proposed a four-year, 1 percent sales tax that would fund bridge and road repair. The tax would generate about $84 million, according to officials. (Source: TCPalm)


The failure of a local tax initiative stands after a nine-hour recount conducted by the Martin County Supervisor of Elections Saturday, according to TCPalm.

The results — which confirmed a razor-thin margin of defeat — mean the county’s suggested four-year, 1 percent sales tax will not go into effect as proposed.

Eight years ago — the last time a sales tax was approved — the County Commission said the collected tax dollars would be used to purchase conservation lands to protect the Indian River Lagoon and to “create and improve parks.” But some residents were upset when a portion of that money were used to build the Sailfish Splash Water Park.

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