Sales tax referendum resources on county website include photos, brochure, speakers

If voters approve the one-cent referendum, the local sales tax would become effective on January 1, 2015.

 

The public is invited to visit Martin County’s website, www.martin.fl.us, to obtain information on the proposed one-cent local sales tax that voters will decide on in November.

To help educate citizens on the issue, Martin County has placed various resources on its website under “Hot Topics.”

At this location, citizens may view or download a helpful brochure, find frequently asked questions, browse a photo gallery with examples of infrastructure problems and may also request a staff member to speak before a group on this issue.

In May, the Board of County Commissioners approved placing a referendum on the November ballot regarding the addition of a one-cent (or 1%) local sales tax to the existing state sales tax for a period of four years.

This sales tax would be used to address infrastructure problems that are the result of long-term underfunding and the reduction of preservation and replacement budgets.

The funds collected from this local sales tax would be used for the reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges.

In the associated ordinance, it is required that all expenditures of sales tax proceeds must be approved by a majority of the Board of County Commissioners at an advertised public hearing where the public will have an opportunity to comment.

If voters approve the referendum, the local sales tax would become effective on January 1, 2015.

 

The ballot language that will appear on the November 4 ballot is as follows:

NOVEMBER 4, 2014

OFFICIAL BALLOT

MARTIN COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

ONE-CENT SALES TAX TO FUND RECONSTRUCTION OF EXISTING ROADS, DRAINAGE AND BRIDGES

 

Shall Martin County levy an additional one-cent sales tax for four years to fund reconstruction of existing roads, drainage and bridges to meet required codes and standards? Each County expenditure shall be approved at an advertised public hearing. Martin County’s city and towns shall receive funds, as provided by law, from the one-cent sales tax for infrastructure projects.

 

_____         For the one-cent sales tax

 

_____         Against the one-cent sales tax

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