Pasco County Sales Tax Renewal (November 2012)
This measure sought to renew the current penny sales tax in the county for a further ten years in order to continue to help pay for school needs in the county, public safety and transportation projects. This tax is expected to generate $502 million over the ten year period and the money would be split between the different projects. County and school officials noted that it has taken them more time to write out the proposed ballot language this time because they want to ensure the limited ballot language conveys all the purposes the tax renewal would be used for. Both stated that while those in favor for and against the measure would campaign in the months preceding the election, many residents just see the ballot language so it is important the words serve their purpose. The ballot language is limited to 75 words.
|Penny For Pasco Question|
Election results from Pasco County, Unofficial Election Results Summary
Text of measure
Language on the ballot:
|“||Shall a One-Cent Sales Surtax continue to be levied, beginning in 2015, to fund public infrastructure to 2024, and shared among Pasco County Schools (45%), Pasco County (45%), and Pasco's Cities (10%) for: Job Creation and Economic Development Projects (pursuant to Section 212.005(2)(d)3, Florida Statutes); Public Safety facilities, vehicles and equipment; acquiring Environmentally Sensitive Lands; school technology, career academies, and Educational Facilities Improvements; infrastructure related to Transportation and Safety; and public infrastructure within the Cities?
FOR the one-cent-sales tax
- The Tampa Tribune, "Commission settles on ballot pitch for penny tax," June 13, 2012
- The Tampa Tribune, "Penny for Pasco renewal starts ballot language debate," May 31, 2012
- Tampa Bay Times, "County officials draft new Penny for Pasco wish list," April 25, 2012
- Tampa Bay Times, "For the Penny for Pasco tax renewal, ballot wording is carefully chosen by officials," May 27, 2012
- Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, Sample Ballot
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.