January 17, 2020

Editor's Page

Up on the levies

Mark R. Howard | 3/27/2019

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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