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Overview
The proposed half-cent sales tax increase would help improve roads and bridges, build more sidewalks and support water quality projects in Volusia County. 

What does this new tax mean for the City of Daytona Beach?
If approved by voters in May, the additional half-cent sales tax is expected to generate about $45 million per year countywide for the next 20 years. That amount, which could increase or decrease in subsequent years, would then be split annually between Volusia County and its 16 cities. Using the currently established distribution formula, estimates reflect Daytona Beach’s share to be about $3.7 million annually. It is projected that the tax would generate $74.3 million in revenue to Daytona Beach over a 20-year period.

How would the city use the new revenue generated by the proposed half-cent tax? 
The revenues generated from the half-cent sales tax can be used to plan, acquire, construct, reconstruct, finance or improve public infrastructure. Projects are restricted to roads, sidewalks, bridges, water quality and stormwater and flood control.   

Specifically, Daytona Beach is allocating: 

Every dollar stays here
This half-cent sales tax will be collected in Volusia County and the dollars collected will be used to improve local roads and bridges, reduce traffic congestion, build more sidewalks and support water quality projects in Volusia County. These projects will create many local construction jobs. 

Tourists and visitors pay their share
A large percentage of the half-cent sales tax will be paid by visitors and tourists, which means everyone who uses the roads, sidewalks, beaches and rivers will help pay for them, not just residents and property owners. If these improvements were paid through property taxes, only local property owners would carry the burden. 

It won't apply to all purchases
The half-cent sales tax will not apply to purchases of gas, groceries or medicine. For large purchases such as automobiles and boats, the tax would only be applied to the first $5,000 of the purchase because the tax is capped at $25 per purchase. 

Four layers of protection
There will be a local citizen oversight committee to ensure the money is spent as approved. There are four layers of protection to ensure funds can only be used as outlined in the local ordinance:  
  • Local citizen oversight committee
  • Florida law ensures the money can only be used for projects listed on the ballot
  • A local ordinance clearly defines where the money will go and how it will be spent 
  • Locally elected officials, not state or federal, will be making these decisions

Citizens can review the ordinance adopted by the Volusia County Council. 

When is the vote? 
The vote will take place in the month of May via mail-in ballots. Registered voters in Volusia County will begin to see mail-in ballots beginning the first week of May. Those ballots should be filled out and returned in the mail to the Supervisor of Elections Office in DeLand. They may also be dropped off at the Elections Office, which is found in the historic Volusia County Courthouse. All ballots must be in the office by 7 p.m. May 21 for votes to be counted.

What is the ballot language? 
LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE
HALF-CENT SALES SURTAX.

TO FUND PROJECTS FOR COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL PUBLIC FACILITIES RESTRICTED TO ROADS, SIDEWALKS, BRIDGES, WATER QUALITY, STORMWATER AND FLOOD CONTROL, AND AMENITIES ANCILLARY TO THOSE FACILITIES, SHALL VOLUSIA COUNTY ORDINANCE 2019-4 BE APPROVED TO LEVY A ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX FOR TWENTY YEARS; AND TO ESTABLISH A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE USE OF PROCEEDS?
 __ FOR the half-cent sales tax
 __ AGAINST the half-cent sales tax

How can I learn more about the proposed half-cent sales tax? 
The Daytona Beach News-Journal is partnering with our area's chambers of commerce to host town hall meetings countywide in March. Municipal and county officials will be on hand to answer your questions and hear concerns. Each meeting starts at 6 p.m.

 DATE  LOCATION
 Tuesday,
March 19
Sanborn Center
815 S. Alabama Ave., in DeLand, in collaboration with the DeLand Chamber of Commerce

 Wednesday,
March 20
Brannon Center
105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, in collaboration with the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce

 Thursday, 
March 21

The Center at Deltona
1640 Dr. M.L.K. Blvd., Deltona, in collaboration with the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce

 
 Monday,
March 25
Riverside Pavilion
3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, in collaboration with the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce

 Tuesday,
March 26
Ormond Elementary School
100 Corbin Ave., Ormond Beach, in collaboration with the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce

 Wednesday, March 27 Daytona State College’s Advanced Technology Center
1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach, in collaboration with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce


City staff will host nine Daytona Beach specific projects meetings throughout the city in April. All meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are intended to be informal and residents are invited to stop by at their convenience, anytime between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to review project displays, and city staff will be available to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity for citizens and property owners to provide feedback on project priorities. 

 DATE LOCATION
 Tuesday, April 2 Dickerson Community Center 
Activity Room
308 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL  32114

 Thursday, April 4 Midtown Cultural & Educational Center 
Multi-purpose room
925 George W. Engram Blvd. 
Daytona Beach, FL  32114 

 Tuesday, April 9 Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center 
Gym
1000 Vine St
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

 Thursday, April 11 Sunnyland Park 
Activity Building
825 Washington Ave. 
Daytona Beach, FL  32114 

 Tuesday, April 16 Allen Chapel AME Church (tentative)
580 George Engram Blvd. 
Daytona Beach, FL  32114 

 Thursday, April 18 Daytona Beach Fire Station #7
in station bay
2545 LPGA Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
 
 Tuesday, April 23 Schnebly Recreation Center  
1101 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 

 Thursday, April 25                      Daytona Beach Police Department
Community Room on the second floor
129 Valor Blvd. 
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 
 
 Tuesday, April 30 Church of Christ (tentative)
850 Beville Road
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 





  • $46.4 million to improving existing local streets in neighborhoods 
  • $24.7 million to creating new sidewalks 
  • $3.2 million to improving flood prone areas    
  • $46.4 million to improving existing local streets in neighborhoods 
  • $24.7 million to creating new sidewalks 
  • $3.2 million to improving flood prone areas