KISSIMMEEE, Fla. — Osceola County will open early voting locations Monday for a countywide referendum to raise the sales tax to help with growth needs.
The referendum would raise the sales tax from 7.5 percent to 8.5 percent for three decades. The county says it would raise $67 million each year if it’s approved, which would go toward transportation costs, including to SunRail.
“Right now, Osceola County has more than a $1.1 billion backlog of road construction needs,” Osceola County says online. “More than $250 million is needed to fill in existing sidewalk gaps, and $445 million is needed to build new recreational bicycle and pedestrian trails for residents. The money would pay for roads and bridges, expand public transit options, fix potholes, enhance bus services, relieve rush hour bottlenecks, improve intersections, and make walking and biking safer.”
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by matt fernandez and Spectrum news staff
may 12, 2019