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1% Local Option Sales Tax

With voter approval, counties can increase the statewide six percent sales tax to seven percent for infrastructure needs. These monies can be used for a wide range of capital infrastructure expenses. Charlotte County and its residents have benefitted from five prior 1% local option sales tax programs, starting in 1994.

The 1% local option sales tax has funded many projects over the last 25 years, helping Charlotte County through economic issues that include property tax reform, reductions in state and federal assistance, and unfunded mandates from the state and federal level. The City of Punta Gorda, by state statute, receives about 10 percent of the revenue based on its population. The 1% sales tax funds have helped our community in the past and can continue to do so in the future.

Sales tax, including the 1% local option sales tax, is paid by all; not just residents, but tourists and visitors. Everyone who uses our roads, facilities and services while in Charlotte County should pay their share. The 1% local option sales tax generates one cent for each dollar spent, and is therefore sometimes referred to as the One Cent Sales Tax.

2020 Sales Tax Extension:

Sales-Tax-Penny-Logo-web-smallIf approved by voters on Nov. 3, 2020, the 1% local option sales tax will be extended for six more years. From 2021 to 2026, one cent on each dollar spent in Charlotte County will fund the following projects:


Charlotte County Public Schools – School Security Upgrades 
Public Infrastructure and Utilities
Water Quality Infrastructure: Info
Family Services Center – Phase 2: Info
Edgewater Drive Phases 3-5 Design and Phase 4 Construction: Info
Harborview Road Widening: Info

Public Safety
New Fire Station 17: Info 
Airport Rescue and Firefighting Training Prop Phase 2: Info 
Radio Management Warehouse: Info 
CCSO Administration/911 Building: Info
Fire Station 6 Replacement: Info
Fire Station 3 Replacement: Info 
CCSO District 4 Office and Training Complex: Info

Quality of Life
Port Charlotte Beach Park Recreation Center Renovation: Info
G.C. Herring Park: Info
William R. Gaines Jr. Veterans Memorial Park: Info
Bicycle, Pedestrian Sidewalks and Trails: Info

Tier 2

Water Quality – Vacuum StationsInfo
CCSO District 2 Office: Info
Charlotte Sports Park Renovation: Info
South County Annex: Info
Edgewater Drive – Phase 3Info
Port Charlotte Beach Park Pool: Info
Library Renovations

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