Thursday, April 24, 2014

6 Cent Gas Tax Proposed For Brevard County



VIERA, Florida -- A Transportation Advisory Board is recommending that Brevard County Commissioners approve an additional 6 cent per gallon gas tax that would take effect January 1, 2015.  


The Advisory Board also recommended that the County Commission allow the impact fee moratorium to sunset as scheduled on December 31, 2014 and that the Commission place on the November 2014 ballot a referendum for an additional 1/2 cent sales tax to further fund transportation infrastructure.


The Advisory Board estimates that the gas tax hike would generate $7.8 million, the half-cent sales tax would generate $17.56 million, and that the revenue from impact fees would fluctuate from year to year.  


The Advisory Board stated in its proposal that the tax hikes are needed because transportation infrastructure projects have been underfunded for several years, leaving a "legacy remediation bill" of $11.86 million.


It estimated that the average household cost for a half-cent sales tax is $67.50 annually.  The 1/2 cent sales tax for roads is in addition to the 1/2 cent sales tax that Brevard Public Schools will also place on the November ballot.


The County Commission is scheduled to consider the proposed tax hikes on Thursday, May 1st at 5 p.m. in the Brevard County Government Complex in Viera, Florida.


Earlier this month, the County Commission voted to increase sewer fees and will also decide whether to increase fire fees later this year.


The Blue Ribbon Panel was made up of the following Brevard County members:


1.) Residential Builder; 
2.) Commercial Builder; 
3.) Space Coast Association of Realtors, Executive Board Member; 
4.) Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member; 
5.) Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member; 
6.) Titusville Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member; 
7.) Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board Member; 
8.) Tourist Development Council, Executive Board Member; 
9.) Brevard County Bar Association, Executive Board Member; 
10.) Economic Development Commission, Executive Board Member; 
11.) Banking Industry Professional; 
12.) Hospital Chief Executive Officer or staff designee; 
13.) College Professor, Finance/Business/Economics; 
14.) Owner of Large Business (100+ employees;
15.), Environmental Industry Professional
16.) DRI (Development of Regional Impact) Representative; 
17.) Regular Citizen Member; 
18.) Melbourne Area Realtor; and 
19.) MIRA (Merritt Island Redevelopment Area) Representative. 




The entire proposal for increased transportation taxes (.PDF file) can be viewed here.

 



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22 comments:

  1. Just what Brevard needs... higher taxes and more road construction... NOT !!!!

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    1. Is very nice but wont generate anything out of me. I ride a bike and there is a brand new bikeway built specifically for bike traffic along side US1. Al Schrader

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    2. The only sane Commissioner is Trudie Infantini. We need to vote in true conservatives that will address the problems rather than reach deeper into voter pockets.

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    3. ALL I HEAR IS MORE & MORE TAXES NEEDED. I LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THESE ROADS ARE THAT NEED ALL THIS REPAIR. NOT ONE WORD ABOUT SAVING SOME MONEY FROM BUDGET, I'M SURE WE COULD FIND SOME. FOOD IS UP,GAS IS UP, ALL CLOTHES UP , NOW ALL OF SUDDEN WE HAVE TO DO THIS. THERE IS WASTE IN BREVARD GOV AND I RATHER HIRE A TIME STUDY SPECIALIST TO FIND THIS 7 MILLION WE NEED. THEY DI THIS A ALL THE PLANT UP NORTH & FOUND WASTE, HOURS NOT NEED TO MANY ADMIN ON PAYROLL.

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  2. These politicians never have enough. Instead of raising taxes why don't they spend their time cutting useless programs and projects. Oh, they wouldn't be able to pay back their campaign contributors if they did that. Never mind.

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  3. A six cent gas hike is ridiculous we are already fifteen cents higher than the middle of the state.Next they will want blood.

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  4. Maybe they want to give their construction contributors more money to build another welcome center.

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    1. yea you have to love the one in Sharpes----scumbag welfare bums that's all they are. Their only job is to get re-elected by the sheeple

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  5. Sounds like we got this advisory board from New York.
    Thanks for the help.....But no thanks!

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  6. WELL THERE IS THE 6 MIL BACK ALL READY FOR MIRACLE CITY MALL. JUST LIKE USUAL GET THE TAX PAYERS TO PAY

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  7. Y'all want some chess with your whines??

    Tell me, do things cost the same today as 10 years ago? fifteen? Twenty? NO, no they do not. Face it, things cost more from gas to trucks to labor.

    Stop whining, you drive the roads, you want the police, ems, and fire to show up when you call. You want clean water. You want quality schools?

    Stop being greedy takers and trying to get it for free. Taxes are a necessary burden, deal with it.

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    1. I meant CHEESE..

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    2. Come on, your joking! No way, you have to be ribbing me! Is that you Obama? No government waste?

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    3. Taxes are necessary and usually ok when there is no waste of spending. I think more people would be willing to pay more tax if so much wasn't being wasted. We need to repair our economy, the best way to do that is to LOWER gas prices! When the economy is boosted back up then we can talk raising taxes.

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  8. No doubt your a gov't stiff ---Police show up when ???? At the crime scene. Me personally went to Brevard Police Station with info,vhs tape license plate numbers of people going to the drug dealers house in my neighborhood. You know what the desk sergeant said, " We don't handle that, that's special investigations unit in Rockledge---Here's the phone number"
    Fire Trucks drive around with ambulances to NON-FIRES 90 % of the time--talk about wasting fuel

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  9. Jobs shipped to China, the middle class turning into the working poor and these whores see fit to add on more taxes?

    Got out and vote, vote them out!

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  10. This is what politicians do when they feel they have no accountability. What needs to be done is a recall effort for all those that support this tax. Only then would they understand the disapproval they have for these types of issues.

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  11. Politicians, Lawyers, and Bankers rob people without a gun everyday!!!! Wake up sheep!!!

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  12. Commission place on the November 2014 ballot a referendum for an additional 1/2 cent sales tax to further fund transportation infrastructure.

    !/2 cent transportation sales tax AND a 1/2 cent school tax is Dead on arrival. No new taxes!

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  13. A politician's answer to any issue is to raise taxes. Problem is that once raised, they never go back down. They never put a time limit on the tax increase.

    This is what happens when we elect socialists to political offices.

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  14. No doubt this blue ribbon panel is a Robin Fisher scheme to raise taxes. He can point to the panel of professionals , and say " What am I going to do, these guys know best, I'll just go along with them.".

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