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File #: 22-0839   
Type: Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: Board of County Commissioners
On agenda: 5/3/2022 Final action: 5/3/2022
Title: PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR A REFERENDUM ON A ONE-HALF CENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX FOR A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS
Attachments: 1. 2022 Sales Tax Ordinance 04272022.pdf
PLACEMENT: Public Hearings
TITLE:
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PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR A REFERENDUM ON A ONE-HALF CENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX FOR A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
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Pursuant to Board of County Commissioner direction at the Board's April 5, 2022 meeting, a Public Hearing was advertised to consider adoption of an ordinance calling for a referendum on a one-half cent sales tax for the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands for conservation and protection of resources within the Indian River Lagoon South, Pal-Mar, Loxa-Lucie and Blueways.
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DEPARTMENT: County Attorney
PREPARED BY: Name: Sarah W. Woods
Title: County Attorney
REQUESTED BY:

PRESET:
PROCEDURES: None

BACKGROUND/RELATED STRATEGIC GOAL:

On December 7, 2021, the Board discussed their priorities for the coming year of 2022. During that discussion, the Board indicated support for the four conservation land initiatives that were discussed previously on September 14, 2021 during staff's presentation on Martin County's (County) land acquisition program. The four programs that were identified were: Indian River Lagoon South (IRL South), Pal Mar, Loxa-Lucie, and Blueways Program. Staff was asked to prepare an agenda item on funding options for the Board's consideration. That item was presented to the Board on February 22, 2022. The Board directed staff to develop language for an ordinance and ballot language for a Local Government Infrastructure Sales Surtax that could be discussed and considered by the Board.

On April 5, 2022 the Board discussed the timeline, ordinance and ballot language and directed staff to return with a proposed ordinance and ballot language consistent with the Board's discussion. At the April 5 meeting, the consensus of the discussion provided preliminary staff direction for a half percent sales surtax to be collected for a period of ten years. A few days later st...

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