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1% Local Option Sales Tax
Since 1994, Charlotte County has used the 1% local option sales tax to fund infrastructure projects that enhance our quality of life, invest in our infrastructure and improve public safety. The current local option tax was extended with a referendum on the ballot at the regular election on Nov. 4, 2014. The voters decided to extend the 1% local option sales tax for six years. 

In May 2019, the Charlotte County Commission directed staff to begin planning for a Nov. 3, 2020 referendum asking voters to extend the tax. 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.
2015 - 2020 Sales Tax Extension Projects
These projects will be funded by the 1% local option sales tax as it comes in over the next 6 years, until 2020:
​Quality of Life
Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park Recreation Center: Info | Status Family Services Center Expansion and Remodeling: Info | Status Harbor Walk/Gateway Project Phase II: Info McGuire Park Phase I: Info | Status Multi-use Trails and On-road Bicycle Lanes: Info North Charlotte Regional Park Recreation Center: Info | Status Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park Splash Pad: Info Recreation Center Renovations: Info | Status Punta Gorda Charlotte Library: Info | Photos | Renderings | Status
(formerly South County Library and Archive)
Veterans Memorial Park: Info | Photos | Status
Olean Boulevard Widening: Info | Status Piper Road North Improvements: Info | Status
Public Safety
Fiber to Fire Stations: Info Jail Expansion - Medical Wing: Info Sheriff District 1 (West County) Headquarters: Info | Photos | Aerials | Status Public Safety Digital Radio System: Info West County Annex Replacement: Info | Status
School Security Initiatives - Classroom Security Function Lock Sets: Info School Security Initiatives - Front Entry Access Control: Info School Wireless Technology Upgrade: Info
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