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Tax Dollars, Tax Dollars, What Gets The Tax Dollars

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

By: Matt Galka
June 12, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - There are about 46 projects up for potential tax dollar funding, but tomorrow that number could shrink...

To maintain a network of sidewalks in Leon County... That'll be about 50 million bucks...Completing Capital Circle construction...That's more than 100 million.

All told, the Leon County sales tax committee has more than 960 million dollars worth of project requests to sift through-- but they only get a little under 38 million annually from the tax revenue

Steve Evans, Leon County Sales Tax Committee Chairman: "Making sense of how to apply the one penny sales tax has been difficult. The committee prioritized the projects, but they haven't been able to chip away at the 46 or so current projects."

"It's never easy, but the bigger issue is 'Are we truly representing where this community is going to grow." In doing that, we've got to keep focused on where this community is going to be in the next 15 to 20 years."

Members should come up with some final infrastructure recommendations at Thursday's meeting, then they'll wait on Imagine Tallahassee's report based on citizen feedback before they decide on other economic expenses. The privately funded group just held another round of community forums on Monday.

Dale Brill, Ph.D., Imagine Tallahassee: "The steering committee has been intently to those voices, and today was another step into making this community driven, rather than politically driven, or anyone else's driven agenda, this will be coming from and about our community."

Chairman Steve Evans said if the projects are in tier 3, then that's a safe bet they won't get funded. That includes things like a downtown parking garage and parking mall. The meeting starts tomorrow at 1:30 at the Leon County downtown library.


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