Commissioner Trudie Infantini Talks About Additional Taxes
By Trudie Infantini, District 3 Brevard County Commissioner // May 1, 2014
Commissioners to discuss taxing options today
Hang on to your wallets on May 1 at 5 p.m. in Viera as the Brevard County Commissioners will be discussing additional tax funding ideas for you, the taxpayer, to finance our “newest priority” – roads.
A Transportation Advisory Panel identified three additional taxes to fund county roads:
• Add 6 cents tax to every gallon of gas;
• Charge impact fees on any new construction and change in use on existing buildings;
• Charge an additional (up to) 1 percent sales tax for infrastructure.
How do these new taxes sound to you?
Please remember that on April 3, four Commissioners voted to increase your storm water tax by 78 percent. In addition to what is being proposed above, the School Board is placing a sales tax referendum on the November ballot, so this could cause our sales tax rate to jump to 7.5 percent.
CONSIDER THIS: Florida is ranked 10th highest in the nation for charging gas tax. If we add the extra 6 cnets per gallon Brevard County will have the highest gas tax rate charged in Florida (which is currently 12 cents per gallon). The highest sales tax rate in Florida is 7.5 percent and that is what we would be charging if the Commissioners vote for 1 percent sales tax referendum combined with the School Board’s ½ percent sales tax referendum. (In the interest of full disclosure both sales tax items would go to the voters of Brevard.)
Brevard County has worked to create a business-friendly environment. Our low tax structure is one of the most enticing incentives to companies contemplating relocation. The County has provided millions of dollars in tax incentives, tax abatements and tax credits to attract business.
All that work will be thrown out the window if we pile on taxes as our recovery takes shape. This doesn’t sound very business-friendly to me.
The answer to our financial quandary is not new taxes – it’s spending the money we have in a responsible way. Please attend and voice your opinion whether for or against the new taxes.
Those who cannot attend are encouraged to write to all five Commissioners (e-mail address below) and please share this e-mail.
D1.Commissioner@BrevardCounty.us – Robin Fisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trudie Infantini is the Brevard County District 3 Commissioner. She was elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 for an additional four year term. Infantini is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University and her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.