What could the 1/2 cent infrastructure sales tax mean for the City of DeLand?
If approved by voters in May, the additional 1/2 cent sales tax is expected to generate about $45 million per year countywide for the next 20 years. DeLand would receive about $1.8 million per year.
How would the city use new revenue generated by the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax?
The utilization of the revenues generated from the proposed ½-cent sales tax shall be limited to finance, construct, reconstruct, maintain, repair and improve public infrastructure including long term capital maintenance and useful life extension of public infrastructure projects such as new and improved sidewalks near schools, roadway improvements including roadway reconstruction, reducing traffic congestion, local flood control and improving water quality and such other similar uses authorized under Florida law for the use and benefit of the citizens of the City and the general public.
The ballot measure, if approved, would also create a citizen oversight committee to oversee the use of proceeds as it relates to projects.
What type of projects would be funded by the sale tax revenue?
City of DeLand officials have identified key projects that include road construction or extensions, resurfacing projects, water quality and drainage improvements. The city will also hold a series of workshops for residents to give input on potential projects. The ballot measure also allows for a citizen oversight committee that would hold cities accountable for how the money is being spent.
How does the city currently use sales tax dollars?
In 2018, the city received roughly $1.85 million in sales tax revenue from the state of Florida. Those funds go into the city's general fund to pay for services such as Police, Fire, recreational programs and the maintenance of facilities and equipment. The 1/2 cent infrastructure sales tax revenue, if approved, could only be used to improve our existing infrastructure.
When is the vote?
The vote will take place in the month of May via mail-in ballots. Registered voters in Volusia County will begin to see mail-in ballots beginning the first week of May. Those ballots should be filled out and returned in the mail to the Supervisor of Elections Office in DeLand. They may also be dropped off at the Elections Office, which is found in the historic Volusia County Courthouse. All ballots must be in the office by 7 p.m. May 21 for votes to be counted.
How much money would the increase generate?
Early estimates figure that an additional $45 million would be generated countywide. That amount, which could grow in preceding years, would then be split annually between Volusia County and its 16 cities. The City of DeLand would receive an estimated $1.8 million in the first year of implementation, should the infrastructure sales tax be approved.
Who would pay the tax?
Any types of goods and services would be taxed such as hotel room stays or a new TV. Because one of Volusia County's main industries is tourism, visitors will contribute a large percentage of the sales tax revenue. The tax is capped so individuals would pay no more than $25 in tax on large purchases. Most importantly, 100 percent of the sales tax revenue generated will stay in Volusia County.
How can I learn more about the 1/2 cent sales tax?
The city will hold a series of informational sessions for community members to attend. There residents will be asked to give input on projects as well as ask city staff questions regarding the 1/2 cent sales tax. Here is a list of upcoming meetings:
6 to 7 p.m., Monday March 11
Stetson Baptist Family Life Center 1025 West Minnesota Avenue, DeLand
6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 19
Joint town hall forum with the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Sanborn Activity and Event Center 815 South Alabama Avenue, DeLand
6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21
Chisholm Community Center 520 South Clara Avenue, DeLand
Volusia County will also hold a series of meetings that anyone can attend:
The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on these dates:
Monday, March 4, in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand
Tuesday, March 5, in the Dennis R. McGee Room at the Daytona Beach Regional Airport, 700 Catalina Drive, Daytona Beach
Wednesday, March 6, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach
Thursday, March 7, in the Deltona City Commission Chambers, 2345 Providence Blvd., Deltona
We'd like to hear from you! If you're unable to make it to one of our meetings or would like to make additional comments, please feel free to fill out this form and let us know what projects you think we should focus on. Comment form