Mark R. Howard
Up on the levies
Last year, voters in 28 counties approved nearly $2 billion in local tax increases and another $1.2 billion in local government borrowing.
In light of this, there are several things to note here:
- For all their concerns over the quality of Florida’s jobs, workforce housing, health care costs, etc., voters clearly feel pretty good about how the state’s doing.
- Most of the tax referenda involved schools and transportation infrastructure — key elements in maintaining a healthy economy and quality of life.
- The 2018 results also provide a reminder that communities have plenty of untapped sources of revenue, from local option motor fuel taxes to hospital and document surtaxes to surtaxes for indigent care, tourist facilities and schools.
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