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Surtax I - 1989 to 1999


First approved by voters in 1989 for the period of 1989 to 1999.




Surtax II - 1999 to 2009


Extended by voters in 1997 for the period of 1999 to 2009.




Surtax III - 2009 to 2024


Extended by voters in 2007 for the period of 2009 to 2024.




What is an infrastructure surtax?


Under Florida state law, counties may impose a discretionary sales surtax to invest in local infrastructure improvements. Such surtaxes must be approved by a majority of voters in a referendum. In three successive referendums, Sarasota County voters have authorized a 1% sales surtax, on top of the 6% state sales tax, to invest in capital improvement projects for the County, School District and municipalities. The one-cent sales surtax applies to the first $5,000 of any purchase that is subject to the state sales tax. Proceeds from the surtax may only be used to invest in public infrastructure projects such as parks, roads, sidewalks, libraries and schools; it may not be used to pay for general operating expenses. Revenue from the infrastructure surtax is shared by the County, the School District and the municipalities. One-quarter of the revenue is allocated to the School District. The remaining 75% is distributed among the County and the municipalities based on population.





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City of North Port Projects

Police Substation
Police Substation

As the city grows, so will the need for police officers and the service they provide. This project will add small substations in various locations throughout the community to enahnce effective community policing.

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Regional Multi-Purpose Park
Regional Multi-Purpose Park

There is a growing demand for active recreation facilities that could be met with a regional complex of youth and adult athletic facilities, gymnasiums, playgrounds, shelters, concessions and an aquatic center.

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Fire Stations and Apparatus
Fire Stations and Apparatus

The city constructed four new fire stations that will increase the level of service to residents. This project will fund equipment for those new stations.

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Police Substation
Police Substation

As the city grows, so will the need for police officers and the service they provide. This project will add small substations in various locations throughout the community to enahnce effective community policing.

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Transportation

Road Rehabilitation
Road Rehabilitation

Ongoing maintenance and repair of roads keeps them safe for travel. This project will reconstruct and resurface roads throughout the city. Additional work will improve drainage.

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Parks

Regional Multi-Purpose Park
Regional Multi-Purpose Park

There is a growing demand for active recreation facilities that could be met with a regional complex of youth and adult athletic facilities, gymnasiums, playgrounds, shelters, concessions and an aquatic center.

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Warm Mineral Springs
Warm Mineral Springs

A portion of Warm Mineral Springs Park was purchased with surtax funds. With a consistent average temperature of 85 degrees year-round, the springs are rumored to have one of the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the United States. Internationally renowned for its purported healing qualities, the park attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The springs and park buildings are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Aquatic Center
Aquatic Center

There is a growing demand for active recreation facilities that could be met with a regional complex of youth and adult athletic facilities, gymnasiums, playgrounds, shelters, concessions and an aquatic center.

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Fire, Rescue and Police

Police Substation
Police Substation

As the city grows, so will the need for police officers and the service they provide. This project will add small substations in various locations throughout the community to enahnce effective community policing.

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New Police Vehicles
New Police Vehicles

This project would replace vehicles with excessive mileage or maintenance issues that are no longer safe for police purposes.

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Fire Stations and Apparatus
Fire Stations and Apparatus

The city constructed four new fire stations that will increase the level of service to residents. This project will fund equipment for those new stations.

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Water and Sewer

Utility Expansion
Utility Expansion

Extending water and wastewater services to platted lots within the city will eliminate the potential hazards of septic systems and over-pumping of the aquifer through private wells, resulting in greater system reliability, improved public health, retention of the natural tree canopy and better fire protection.

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Water and Sewer Line Extension
Water and Sewer Line Extension

Improving the city’s potable water distribution system, parts of which are more than 40 years old, will enhance fire flow, water quality and water pressure for residents. Installation of more connected, wider water lines will also reduce the amount of flushing necessary to maintain water quality.

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Other Projects

Solid Waste Collection Vehicles
Solid Waste Collection Vehicles

To efficiently collect solid waste, the city plans to replace existing solid waste collection vehicles with more reliable and safe equipment. This includes front load, recycling, claw and roll-off garbage trucks and mid-sized pickups.

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City Facilities
City Facilities

A comprehensive facilities study is underway to gauge the potential for centrally locating new municipal facilities that could be shared by departments doing similar functions. The city's existing buildings for Public Works, Utilities, Fleet Maintenance and other support services were built in the 1970s when the city was much smaller and more compact. Because of growth, they are no longer in the best locations for operations and population centers. Depending on the results of the study, this cou

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