1/2-Cent Sales Tax Project
What is the ½-Cent Local Infrastructure Sales Tax and what does it mean for Port Orange?
- On February 5, 2019, the Volusia County Council approved Ordinance 2019-4, levying upon voter approval a ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax for twenty years for roads, sidewalks, bridges, water quality, and stormwater and flood control; and requiring a citizen review committee. Click here for a link to the ordinance.
- On May 21, 2019, a county-wide referendum special election, by mail ballot, will be conducted by the Supervisor of Elections which will provide the voters of Volusia County with the opportunity to decide if the proposed ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax should be approved. If adopted, the ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax will be in effect for 20 years, beginning January 1, 2020.
- If approved by voters, the revenues generated from the proposed ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax are limited to financing, constructing, reconstructing, maintaining, repairing and improving public infrastructure including long term capital maintenance and useful life extension of public infrastructure projects such as new and improved sidewalks, roadway improvements including roadway reconstruction, reducing traffic congestion, local flood control and improving water quality and such other similar uses authorized under Florida law for the use and benefit of the citizens of the City and the general public. Click on the maps below for anticipated Port Orange projects.
- If approved by voters, the additional ½-cent sales tax is anticipated to generate about $45 million per year county-wide for the next 20 years. Of that $45 million, the City of Port Orange would receive approximately $3.4 million per year.
- The proceeds of the ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax shall be distributed to Volusia county and to municipalities within the county according to the distribution formula provided by section 218.62, Florida Statutes. Click here to read the statute. The distribution is a population-derived calculation. View the revenue estimates and estimated distribution list.
- If approved by voters, a citizen committee, according to County Ordinance 2019-4, Section 114-229, will be established to review whether proposed uses of proceeds are among those authorized; and whether expenditures match the proposed use. The committee would consist of seventeen members; sixteen of those would be nominated by the sixteen cities within Volusia County and appointed by the county council. The county council would appoint the remaining member who could reside either in a city or the unincorporated area. The members would have four-year terms.
- The ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax would be applied to any good and service purchased in Volusia County.
- The ½-cent local infrastructure sales tax is capped so individuals would pay no more than $25 in tax on large purchases.
Did you know... The City of Port Orange's current sales tax is 6.5%. Of that 6.5%, 6% goes to the state to be apportioned to every city in the state at the per capita rate; the bigger cities get more and we are a donor city. The remaining .5% goes to Volusia County Schools. Our City gets no direct revenue from the current sales tax, only our per capita share of the sales tax we pay now (which is less than what we pay in).
This additional .5% (1/2 cent) that we are voting on will come directly back to the city.
What type of projects would be funded by the ½-Cent Infrastructure Sales Tax revenue?
The City of Port Orange has identified key projects that include road construction or extensions, resurfacing projects, sidewalk/trail projects, water quality and drainage improvements. Click on the maps below to view anticipated City of Port Orange Projects:
1/2 Cent Sales Tax - Key Dates
Local Chamber of Commerce Town Halls
- Tuesday, March 19 - Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand; in collaboration with the DeLand Chamber of Commerce
- Wednesday, March 20 - Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; in collaboration with the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce
- Thursday, March 21 - Center at Deltona, 1640 Dr. M.L.K. Blvd., Deltona; in collaboration with the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Monday, March 25 - Riverside Pavillion, 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, in collaboration with the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce
- Tuesday, March 26 - Ormond Elementary School, 100 Corbin Ave., Ormond Beach; in collaboration with the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Wednesday, March 27 - Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology Center, 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach, located off N. Williamson Boulevard just north of the intersection with LPGA Boulevard; in collaboration with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce
More Key Dates
- Wednesday, May 1 - Voters receive their ballot by mail
- Tuesday, May 21 - Voter ballots must be mailed back