Sarasota County penny surtax

The public is invited to share feedback about how Surtax dollars are spent in Sarasota County Schools at a meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

NORTH PORT — The public is invited to share feedback about how surtax dollars are spent in Sarasota County Schools at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

In three successive referendums, Sarasota County voters have authorized a 1% sales surtax, on top of the 6% state sales tax, to invest in capital improvement projects for the county, school district and municipalities.

One-quarter of the revenue is allocated to the Sarasota County Schools. The remaining 75% is distributed among the county and the municipalities based on population.

The current tax will expire at the end of 2024. Sarasota County voters will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the tax for another 15 years.

In July, the Sarasota County School Board voted to approve the proposed millage rate set by the state of Florida.

The proposed millage rate is $6.709 per $1,000 of taxable value, a slight decrease from last year’s rate of $6.975.

For property owners, this means a home with a taxable value of $100,000, the school district’s portion of a bill would decrease from $697 to $670.

The meeting will be held at North Port High School, 6400 West Price Blvd.

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