Most Collier County residents have heard of the one-cent sales surtax, but may be wondering what exactly it is and how it will affect them.
By state law, individual Florida counties are authorized to impose a sales surtax called a discretionary sales surtax or local option sales surtax. In many cases there is a limit to the amount of tax charged. Collier County is proposing that an additional one percent sales tax, or one-cent sales surtax for each dollar, to pay for local authorized infrastructure projects.
The one-cent sales surtax is subject to voter approval, and will be on the General Election ballot November 2018. If approved the one-cent sales surtax would begin to be collected January 1, 2019 and end either at the end of seven years, December 31, 2026, or the year that $490 million has been collected, whichever happens first.
The one-cent sales surtax applies to the first $5,000 of the sales amount of items of tangible personal property, excluding groceries and medicine. The Florida Department of Revenue defines tangible personal property as personal property that you can see, weigh, measure, or touch or is in any manner perceptible to the senses, including power or energy.
The $5,000 limit does not apply to the following types of transactions:
■ Sales of admissions.
■ Sales and uses of services (janitorial services and security officers).
■ Sales of service warranties.
■ Charges for prepaid calling arrangements.
■ Leases, rentals, and licenses to use real property or transient accommodations.
■ Leases or rentals of parking or storage space for motor vehicles in parking lots or garages.
■ Docking or storage space in boat docks and marinas.
■ Tie-down or storage space for aircraft.
On the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot voters will have the opportunity to vote on the County Referendum regarding the proposed Collier County and Municipal Infrastructure One-Cent Sales Surtax.
More information about the One-Cent Sales Surtax will be presented at public information meetings held on the following dates at the following locations:
■ Monday, September 10 at 6 PM at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples.
■ Monday, September 17 at 6 PM at South Collier Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples- (Rescheduled from August 30)
■ Tuesday, September 18 at 6 PM at Naples City Hall, Council Chambers, 735 Eighth Street South, Naples.
■ Wednesday, September 19 at 6 PM at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, 2686 SR 29 N., Immokalee.
■ Tuesday, October 2 at 6 PM at the North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples.
Each meeting will begin at 6 PM with a formal presentation; a question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Additional information about the One-Cent Sales Surtax can be found at collieronecenttax.com.
For more information, call Geoffrey Willig at 239-252-8369.