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Wild Spaces & Public Places

Citizens Oversight Committee

Report to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners

March 27, 2012


Wild Spaces & Public Places

Citizens Oversight Committee


2008 Public Opinion Poll

Examined a number of “quality of life” capital projects eligible for infrastructure surtax

Determined that conservation measures had the highest level of support, followed by schools, roads, and recreation.

Funded by the Trust for Public Land and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce


2008 Public Opinion Poll

Ranked By % Much More Likely to Vote Yes in Favor of Sales Tax Measure if that Particular item receives Funding



The Split

  • 50:50 between land conservation and recreation/parks

  • Recreation funds are allocated to municipalities proportional to population

  • Each municipality and the County have provided a list of capital projects


Proceeds for two years

(2008 Estimates)


The infrastructure sales tax . . .

  • has passed in all but 8 of Florida’s 67 counties

  • will increase Alachua County’s total sales tax to 6-3/4%

  • is at 7% for all of the counties surrounding Alachua

  • County (except 6-1/2% for Marion Co.)

  • does not tax food, pharmaceuticals, motor fuel, real estate sales, and most services

  • is not collected for transactions over $5,000

  • will generate revenues of close to $40 million, as much of 25% of which will come from out-of-county visitors and shoppers


Wild SpaceS & Public Places

ENVIRONMENTAL LANDS, PARKS, RECREATION ONE-HALF PERCENT SALES TAX

SHALL ALACHUA COUNTY BE AUTHORIZED TO EXTEND THE ALACHUA COUNTY FOREVER PROGRAM TO ACQUIRE AND IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT LANDS, TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER SOURCES, WATER QUALITY, AND WILDLIFE HABITAT, AND TO CREATE, IMPROVE, AND MAINTAIN PARK AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN ALL CITIES and THE County, with CITIZEN OVERSIGHT AND INDEPENDENT AUDIT, BY THE LEVY OF A ONE-HALF PERCENT (1/2%) SALES TAX FOR TWO (2) YEARS, STARTING JANUARY 1, 2009 and ending December 31, 2010?

[ ] FOR the one-half percent sales tax.

[ ] AGAINST the one-half percent sales tax.

Alachua County Resolution 08-017.

53%


Revenues & Expenditures

As of December 31, 2012


Revenues & Expenditures

As of December 31, 2012


Alachua county
Alachua County

* Adjusted downward proportional to actual reduced revenues received






City of hawthorne
City of Hawthorne

City of High Springs


Town of lacrosse
Town of LaCrosse





Issues, Challenges, &

Requests for Direction

  • City of Hawthorne

    • Repayment schedule

    • Stormwater Facility

  • City of Newberry

    • Relocation of facility

  • Sunset Date


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