Public Discusses Surtax Options
Alachua County, FL -- It was the business community's chance to weigh in on the proposed transportation surtax for Alachua County.
$240 Million -- that's how much officials from the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce says would be generated over the next eight years if a one cent sales tax is approved by voters.
Officials say there are two options - a surtax and a property tax - and the Chamber opposes a property tax.
The money would go to fixing bike and pedestrian infrastructure and improving road conditions.
At tonight's public discussion hosted by the Chamber, residents shared their opinions on whether they think the tax is the right way to go.
The County Commission tried to pass a similar surtax to fix the roads in 2012 but it was not approved.
"There are a lot of potholes that need to be filled. there is some congestion that you have in the county. there are safety issues that you have. for example, there is a bridge over on southwest 20th avenue - that's close to the swag area and it could really use some safety improvements," according to Chamber Vice President of Public Policy, Kamal Latham.
The Alachua County Commission will meet on Tuesday night to decide whether to include the tax on the November ballot to give citizens a chance to vote on implementing it.
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