SALES TAX DEFEATED: Results of election, all precincts reporting

WIth 30 of 30 precincts completely reported, the sales tax increase is defeated. NO increase=62.99%, YES increase=37.01% … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT AUGUST 29: Please exercise your right to vote in Tuesday’s election

From airport watchdog David Shore: “You decide on whether or not to approve a 1% increase in the sales tax in Martin County. Instead of 6% the sales tax will be 7%. It only takes a few minutes to vote so please take the time to vote. A lot of folks don’t realize that this increase will translate into a substantial increase in your yearly expenses … Click here to read more

Vote ‘NO’ on August 29: The must-read Martin County sales tax primer – ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more

Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

Martin sales tax drops to 6% today

Martin County’s sales tax drops from 6.5% to 6% today due to the expiration of the Discretionary Sales Surtax for conservation efforts and parks. … Click here to read more