Wild Spaces & Public Places

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On November 8, 2016, Alachua County voters approved “Wild Spaces & Public Places (WSPP),” a one-half percent sales tax to be collected in the county from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2024, to acquire and improve environmentally sensitive lands and to create, improve and maintain parks and recreational facilities. A share (35.78%) of the proceeds of the sales tax is distributed to the City of Gainesville in accordance with an inter-local agreement established between Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The ballot language called for citizen oversight and independent audit.

The City began receiving revenues in late March of 2017. The revenue projection from the Florida Department of Revenue's Office of Tax Research for fiscal year 2022 is $8,705,387 for a total projection of $64,517,015 by 2025.