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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 Sarasota Projects

Payne Park
Payne Park

This popular circus themed playground features colorful slides, swings, rock climbing and music making instruments for kids. The purchase of surrounding property expanded the park’s footprint by 1.42 acres.

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Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Athletic Field
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Athletic Field

The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex is a 44,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring a fitness center, gym, recreational programming, swimming pool and much more. The regulation turf field is a popular venue for football, soccer and lacrosse youth and adult leagues, especially at night under the lights.

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10th St. Boat Ramp Pier Replacement
10th St. Boat Ramp Pier Replacement

All six docks and piers were replaced with long-lasting composite decking to withstand the daily exposure to extreme weather conditions sea salt.

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Payne Park
Payne Park

This popular circus themed playground features colorful slides, swings, rock climbing and music making instruments for kids. The purchase of surrounding property expanded the park’s footprint by 1.42 acres.

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Community

Parks and Recreation

Housing
Housing

Amaryllis Park Place is under construction and will offer 84 apartments with a mix of one- and two-bedroom units for low-income senior residents. Lofts on Lemon, also under construction, will feature 130 workforce and affordable apartments.

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Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Athletic Field
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Athletic Field

The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex is a 44,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring a fitness center, gym, recreational programming, swimming pool and much more. The regulation turf field is a popular venue for football, soccer and lacrosse youth and adult leagues, especially at night under the lights.

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Neighborhood Improvements
Neighborhood Improvements

Neighborhood improvements include the installation of decorative neighborhood signage and street lighting, and construction of brick paver crosswalks and traffic calming structures.

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10th St. Boat Ramp Pier Replacement
10th St. Boat Ramp Pier Replacement

All six docks and piers were replaced with long-lasting composite decking to withstand the daily exposure to extreme weather conditions sea salt.

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Payne Park
Payne Park

This popular circus themed playground features colorful slides, swings, rock climbing and music making instruments for kids. The purchase of surrounding property expanded the park’s footprint by 1.42 acres.

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Lido Beach Pavilion Remodel
Lido Beach Pavilion Remodel

The Lido Pavilion is undergoing a full renovation with a new concession roof, paint, outdoor seating area and furniture, shade canopies, landscaping, signage, sidewalks and modernized public restrooms.

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Transportation and Sidewalks

Roundabouts
Roundabouts

A confusing and dangerous traffic signal at Five Points in downtown was replaced with a safe, user-friendly brick paver roundabout. Roundabouts were also constructed at the intersections of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard, U.S. 41 and 10th Street and U.S. 41 and 14th Street.

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Mobility
Mobility

The Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) for walkers, runners and bicyclists was built at Bird Key Park with accompanying landscape improvements. The trail has been extended to St. Armands Key, allowing for protected mobility from downtown to St. Armands Circle. An additional 1.5 miles of new sidewalks connecting neighborhoods to schools and local parks have been constructed throughout the city for enhanced mobility and connectivity.

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Street Resurfacing
Street Resurfacing

An average of 11 miles of streets throughout the city have been resurfaced annually.

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Public Safety

Sarasota Police Department Vehicles
Sarasota Police Department Vehicles

Since 2009, a total of 203 Sarasota Police Department vehicles have been replaced to support and enhance officer safety.

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