Session Set on Penny for Pinellas
The Penny for Pinellas will come before the county’s voters in November for another 10-year renewal.
GULFPORT – Pinellas County residents are invited to give their input on the most important areas to invest future funds from the Penny for Pinellas 1 percent sales tax at an open house meeting scheduled tonight (March 20) in Gulfport.
The meeting will run from 6p.m.-8 p.m. at the Historic Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, and will include informational displays and a survey. Pinellas County staff will also be available to talk to residents, answer questions and receive comments.
On Nov. 7, Pinellas County voters will decide on a 10-year renewal of the Penny for Pinellas 1-percent sales tax. Before the referendum vote, the County Commission is seeking citizen comment on the most important areas to invest future funds throughout the community.
The Gulfport meeting is the second of three public input open houses scheduled throughout the county in March. The next meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 29 at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The first meeting was held March 15 at the Centre in Palm Harbor.
Since it was initially approved by voters, officials said the Penny has helped build a better Pinellas by supporting projects aimed at areas that matter most to citizens, including improved roads, bridges and trails, water quality and flood prevention, ensuring a safe, secure community, and preserving parks and our environment.
The Penny is shared between Pinellas County and the 24 cities to fund long-term, capital projects, such as expanded roads, bridges and trails, flood prevention and water quality projects, public safety equipment and vehicles, fire stations, parks, environmental land acquisition, and land for housing that is accessible to citizens at all income levels.
To learn more about the Penny, including an interactive map of projects, go to pinellascounty.org.
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