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.
These projects will be funded by the 1% local option sales tax as it comes in over the next 6 years, until 2020: