Protecting and improving a community’s infrastructure is crucial to its livelihood. This is especially true when it comes to roads. Having quality streets and highways for residents and visitors to travel on is essential. The key is doing so without overburdening the taxpayers.
Seminole County has a solution that’s fair, effective and is specifically designed to provide funding for needed road paving, repairs and drainage issues throughout Seminole County. That solution is on the May 22 ballot in the form of a TSPLOST referendum.
If passed TSPLOST would be a one cent sales and use tax added to all transactions in Seminole County for a period of time not to exceed five years and for the raising of not more than an estimated amount of $5,500,000.00 for transportation purposes
Sales tax would rise one cent on the dollar; however the money raised from that one extra penny will be required by law to go toward transportation improvements throughout the county.
The Donalsonville News believes this is the best course of action for improving the roads in our county.
Everyone has a stretch of road in their mind they would like to see repaved, and the beauty of the TSPLOST is every single transaction with sales tax in Seminole County will provide the funding for improving road and transportation conditions county-wide.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived here for sixty years or are from out of state and passing through on your way to the beach. It doesn’t matter if you buy a pack of gum or spend $2,000 on a new TV. It doesn’t matter whether you pay cash, credit or check. One percent of sales tax will go toward improving our community’s infrastructure.
In the past Seminole County has used small grants and money from their general funds to pave, repave or repair our roads. Reducing the amount of money they pull from their bank accounts directly correlates to the millage rate, the tax property owners pay annually.
Nobody wants millage rates to rise. With TSPLOST it isn’t just property owners bearing the burden. Everyone who spends money in Seminole County will be contributing.
Come Election Day on May 22, we hope residents throughout Seminole County will choose to vote “yes” for TSPLOST. Saying “yes” will improve our roadways for many years to come for a relatively small cost. It’s the best option for Seminole County.
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