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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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School Board Projects

Booker High School
Booker High School

New construction replaced buildings that had reached the end of their functional life and provided a safe and modern learning environment for students and staff. Renovations to existing buildings that were not replaced included interior painting, enhanced lighting and flooring upgrades in order to bring them up to current district standards.

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Sarasota High School
Sarasota High School

Renovations to Buildings #4 and #5 included modernization of buildings built in the late 1950s. Both buildings were gutted, had structural issues remediated, and were designed and rebuilt. Building #42 underwent minor renovations to provide swing space for programs that were being displaced from Building #4 during its renovation.

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Booker High School
Booker High School

New construction replaced buildings that had reached the end of their functional life and provided a safe and modern learning environment for students and staff. Renovations to existing buildings that were not replaced included interior painting, enhanced lighting and flooring upgrades in order to bring them up to current district standards.

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Capital Projects

Bay Haven
Bay Haven

Renovations the interior renovations in the cafeteria, art and music rooms included new flooring, enhanced LED lighting, new ceilings and new case work. Renovations helped to modernize these existing spaces to better suit the needs of the students at Bay Haven.

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Booker High School
Booker High School

New construction replaced buildings that had reached the end of their functional life and provided a safe and modern learning environment for students and staff. Renovations to existing buildings that were not replaced included interior painting, enhanced lighting and flooring upgrades in order to bring them up to current district standards.

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Fruitville Elementary School
Fruitville Elementary School

Buildings #3 and #16 were renovated to include new lighting, flooring and minor interior remodeling to fit the needs of the school. The new classroom wing provided modern learning spaces for the students, along with permanent student stations.

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Pine View
Pine View

The campus underwent a complete HVAC renovation that included air-side and water-side upgrades (new chillers), LED lighting upgrades, flooring upgrades, painting and casework replacement. These upgrades provided a new and improved learning atmosphere for the students.

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Sarasota High School
Sarasota High School

Renovations to Buildings #4 and #5 included modernization of buildings built in the late 1950s. Both buildings were gutted, had structural issues remediated, and were designed and rebuilt. Building #42 underwent minor renovations to provide swing space for programs that were being displaced from Building #4 during its renovation.

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Venice Middle School
Venice Middle School

Renovations included complete replacement of all HVAC equipment, new chillers and thermal storage tanks and classroom upgrades to replace demountable walls with permanent structures, and install new LED lighting, flooring, paint and casework. These renovations improved indoor air quality issues throughout the buildings, and provided updated learning spaces for the students. Cafeteria and kitchen renovations increased cafeteria space, improved queuing for lunch lines, and enhanced work space.

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Venice High School
Venice High School

Funding supported the renovation of space that was not replaced on the Venice High campus and supported some new construction. Both projects resulted in a safer, more compact campus and reduced maintenance-related issues.

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