Broward County voters approved a 30-year, one percent surtax for transportation in November 2018. The sales surtax took effect on January 1, 2019. The first distribution of surtax revenues was received by Broward County from the Department of Revenue in March 2019.
Broward County is home to almost 2 million residents and welcomes more than 13 million visitors annually; about 30 percent of local option sales tax revenues are expected to 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. In addition, as a donor county (your tax dollars don't always stay in your community), we wanted to better access our fair share of state and federal dollars, too.
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.
More than 1,100 projects are contained in the Transportation Surtax Plan: 400+ are County roadway and transit improvements and 700+ are municipal-requested.
Broward’s project-based plan was reviewed by transportation and financial experts and addresses 5 goals that target our community’s biggest traffic problems:
This goal addresses a few issues:
Connecting and integrating multiple technologies to create a "smart" grid that enhances network infrastructure resulting in two-way communication between vehicles and traffic signals, residents and government, County agencies, municipalities and the public, that demonstrates the ability to reduce congestion. Examples include the use of smart sensors and real-time traffic navigation apps.
Bridging infrastructure to allow better access to a destination such as a road connecting two existing roads, a bridge breaching the gap between existing infrastructure or completing the path of a sidewalk
Better first-and-last mile connections to transit services
Fiber optic backbone
Traffic System Management
Help relieve traffic congestion by:
- Incorporating intersection improvements that include additional turn and thru lanes, and light synchronization
- Expanding the fiber optic network to increase traffic flow and reduce bottlenecks
- Building multimodal infrastructure
- Roadway widening
Improve Transit Service
Improve transit service by:
- Incorporating full funding for existing Municipal Community Shuttles and new expanded service
- Full funding for high-demand, specialized transportation services for persons with disabling conditions (Paratransit)
- Creating a more reliable, responsive and accessible Transit Service System that includes new fleet vehicles (including electric), restoration of service, increase in frequency, expansion of service hours, additional shelters, mobile ticketing, free WiFi and downlad of Library materials, and ADA enhancements.
Enhance Multimodal Options
Expand the availability and safety of multimodal transportation where residents and visitors have various options to get around in addition to driving such as:
- Using public transit
The plan is also designed to add more green, open space for walking, biking, and recreation across the County.
Economic Development and Benefits
- Economic development and benefits will result from the 30% for 30 Years certified small business enterprise goal on a eligible surtax projects by assuring tax dollars stay in our communities and benefit local businesses. An estimated $53M annually for Broward's certified small businesses and an estimated $1.59B competitive procurement opportunities over 30 years are extected.
- The 30% for 30 Years program funds and supports capacity-building and technical assistance to assure small businesses are competitive for surtax funding.
- Increased direct, indirect and induced jobs in many sectors including high-wage industries with approximately 30,000 new jobs anticipated over 30 years.
- Apprenticeships and other programs directed at areas with high unemployment and under employment rates aim to use surtax-funded projects as a path to employability to benefit everyone who lives in Broward County with an eye on equity.
The surtax is collected by the Florida Department of Revenue. Here are some helpful links: