When Does the Penny Surtax Take Effect?
The new surtax takes effect on January 1, 2019 in Broward County. The surtax is collected by the Florida Department of Revenue. Here are some helpful links:
What the Approved Penny Surtax Will Do in Our Community
Broward County is home to almost 2 million residents and is on target to welcome over 13M visitors in 2018; about 30% of local option sales tax revenues would come from non-County residents.
Did you know that more than 64 households move to Broward each day? With the growing population coupled with flat or declining gas tax revenues used for transit and road projects, additional surtax revenue can leverage up to $3 billion from federal, state and other sources.
Fifty percent of the air pollution in Broward is caused by vehicle emissions, and by 2030, Broward’s 60+ population will increase 48 percent, nearly half in the 75+ age group. Our economic vitality depends on our ability to move people, goods and services. But Broward County is built-out which physically constrains the ability to accommodate an approximately 235,000 new residents expected by the year 2040, and the desire to enhance the County’s economic base. It also physically and financially limits the ability to increase road capacity through the construction of additional travel lanes for automobiles.
The Penny For Transportation question is a detailed plan with community oversight and accountability by an independent board made up of local citizens and experts. Read the detailed financial plans and understand why a 30-year plan is the right length and perfectly complements the 2045 long-range transportation plan required by federal law.
Broward’s plan has been reviewed by transportation and financial experts, targets our biggest traffic problems, and will:
Connecting and integrating multiple technologies is key to creating a “smart” grid and “smart” community. The ordinance authorizing the surtax prioritizes projects that create connectivity and demonstrate the ability to reduce congestion.
Relieve Traffic Congestion
Plans incorporate intersection improvements including resurfacing, sidewalk and ADA updates, pavement markings, mast arm upgrades, drainage improvements, more turn lanes and through lanes, light synchronization, and fiber optic network to increase traffic flow and reduce bottlenecks.
Improve Transit Service
The Plan incorporates full funding for existing Community Shuttles and expanded service, full funding for high-demand, specialized transportation services for persons with disabling conditions (Paratransit), and more reliable, responsive and accessible Transit Service System. Read article in Metro Magazine.
Expand the Availability of Multimodal Transportation
Multimodal means creating communities where various ways of getting around – walking, biking, using public transit, skating, driving – are safe and made available. The plan is also designed to add more green, open space for walking, biking, and recreation across the County.