On Nov. 8, Alachua County will vote on the extension of the Wild Spaces & Public Places sales surtax. The upcoming ballot initiative allows a 1% (one penny) sales tax to be levied for ten years through 2032. 50% of the surtax revenue will be dedicated to Wild Spaces & Public Places projects and 50% of the surtax will be dedicated to roads, fire stations (and other public facilities) and affordable housing.
Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax is being used to acquire and improve environmentally sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities throughout Alachua County.
The eight-year sales tax was approved by Alachua County voters in 2016 and is being collected from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2024.
Voters will be asked on November 8, 2022 whether they would like to extend the Wild Spaces & Public Places half-cent sales tax along with a half-cent sales tax dedicated to infrastructure through 2032.
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The State of Florida disburses the Wild Spaces & Public Places sales tax revenue to Alachua County and the nine incorporated municipalities within the county based on population.
County Commission Appointees:
Gainesville City Commission Appointees:
Other Incorporated Cities (Not in Gainesville):
The Citizen’s Oversight Board audits the fund annually. They also have the authority to order an independent audit if, in their opinion, funds were misappropriated. Additionally, the City of Gainesville’s external auditor (independent) audits the fund on an annual basis.
The City of Gainesville is projected to receive $17.4 million dollars annually:
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022