County Sets Meetings on Penny for Pinellas
Voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to renew the Penny for Pinellas sales tax for another 10 years.
PINELLAS COUNTY – With a vote just months away on whether to renew the Penny for Pinellas sales tax, county officials have scheduled three sessions to provide comment on future expenditures should it pass.
The first session is Wednesday (March 15) at the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. It will include informational displays, brief staff presentations about the Penny and a survey. The second meeting is scheduled for Monday (March 20) at the Historic Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. The third is March 29 at the Pinellas County Extension, 12320 Ulmerton Road, Largo. All are open to the public and all run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Penny for Pinellas is a one-cent sales tax that was first approved in 1990 and has been renewed two times since its original passage. The Penny is shared between Pinellas County and its 24 cities to fund long-term, capital projects, such as roads, bridges, trails, stormwater projects, public safety equipment, fire stations, parks, land acquisition, and public facilities. It is not collected on groceries or medications and applies only to the first $5,000 of a single purchase.
Officials say a third of the income from the Penny is paid by tourists and seasonal visitors.
If passed Nov. 7, the tax would run from 2020 through 2030.
For more about the Penny, go to pinellascounty.org.
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