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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 Venice Projects

Beach Renourishment
Beach Renourishment

Beaches in the City of Venice were last renourished in 2015. This project will renourish 3.2 miles of beaches, creating a sand berm to protect the city from storm surge, ensuring marine turtle nesting, and serving as an economic driver for tourism.

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Beach Renourishment
Beach Renourishment

Beaches in the City of Venice were last renourished in 2015. This project will renourish 3.2 miles of beaches, creating a sand berm to protect the city from storm surge, ensuring marine turtle nesting, and serving as an economic driver for tourism.

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Infrastructure

Downtown Beautification Project
Downtown Beautification Project

The year-long Downtown Venice Beautification Project, completed in July 2019, reconstructed 14 blocks in downtown Venice. The entrance to the city’s core is now lined with breathtaking palms and other tropical, Florida-friendly plantings in the West Venice Avenue median and bordering sidewalks.

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Culture

Venice Performing Arts Center
Venice Performing Arts Center

The $15 million Venice Performing Arts Center is home to the Venice Symphony, Venice Concert Band, Venice Chorale and numerous other performances throughout the year. Built through an interlocal agreement with Sarasota County Schools in 2014, it features seating for 1,070 and a 2,000-square-foot stage.

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Parks and Recreation

Venice Fishing Pier
Venice Fishing Pier

Rehabilitation of the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier, completed in August 2019, included removal and replacement of all the pier’s deck and railing material with longer-lasting, legally sourced ipe wood and replacement of pole lighting fixtures with sea turtle-friendly, under-handrail lights. New fish-cleaning stations, benches and trash receptacles were also added.

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Beach Renourishment
Beach Renourishment

Beaches in the City of Venice were last renourished in 2015. This project will renourish 3.2 miles of beaches, creating a sand berm to protect the city from storm surge, ensuring marine turtle nesting, and serving as an economic driver for tourism.

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Public Safety

First Responder Vehicles
First Responder Vehicles

Acquired a new firetruck for the Venice Fire Department in 2017, which includes a memorial on the back to the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. The Venice Police Department also procured 32 vehicles since 2015, both patrol and unmarked, including Tahoes, Tauruses, Explorer, a minivan, pickup and utility van.

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Security Cameras
Security Cameras

Installed a security camera system with fixed cameras and fiber-optic cable in downtown Venice in late 2019, giving officials an ultra-wide angle view of the streets and Centennial Park to help keep residents and visitors safe. Security cameras have also been placed at the Airport Festival Grounds, the Venice Fishing Pier and South Jetty at Humphris Park.

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