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Local Option Sales Tax

City of Punta Gorda 1% Sales Tax Projects




Public Safety –

Expansion of Public Safety Building

Historic District Infrastructure

Henry Street Crosswalk

Henry Street Sidewalk

Shreve Street Complete Street Improvements

Burnt Store Traffic Signal

Complete Streets Improvements Cooper Street

Complete Streets Improvements US 17

ADA Improvements Citywide




Public Safety and Water Quality -

 Drainage Improvements- Boca Grande Area  




Preservation of Infrastructure -

 Historic City Hall Preservation

Freeman House Preservation

 Bayfront Activity Center




Quality of Life –

Henry Street Property Improvements/Connecting Points of Interest






Charlotte County 1% Local Option Sales Tax Project List

 For the past 20 years, a 1% local option sales tax has been collected upon taxable transactions occurring with the Charlotte County for the purpose of funding infrastructure. Initially levied in 1994, voters have since approved extensions of sales tax four times. On November 4, 2014, Charlotte County voters approved an additional 6-year extension of the 1% local option sales tax. The City of Punta Gorda has created a 1% Local Options Committee to create a list of projects for the 2021 Sales Tax for the November 3, 2020 ballot. 

The local option sales tax is a discretionary sales tax authorized under Florida law, and must be approved by a majority of the electors voting in a referendum. The revenue and any interest accrued can be used:

  • To finance, plan or construct infrastructure;
  • To acquire land for public recreation, conservation or protection of natural resources;
  • To provide loans, grants or rebates for residential or commercial energy efficient improvements; and
  • For economic development projects (up to 15%).

Monies may not be used for operational expenses related to infrastructure. 

Charlotte County receives 89.6% and the City of Punta Gorda receives 10.4% of the funds. This distribution is calculated pursuant to state law and based on population. Currently, the annual revenue from the sales tax is $18 million with the City’s share being approximately $2 million a year. These pennies (over $350,000,000 in total) have provided funding for the quality of life projects throughout our community.  It is anticipated that future sales tax revenue if approved by voters will result in $2.2 to $2.7 million dollars per year. The following are just a few of the major projects that were funded by sales tax over the last two decades.

Charlotte County Justice Center, Jail and Historic Courthouse
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
Center for Performing Arts at Charlotte High School
South County Regional Park
Piper Road, Burnt Store Road and Aqui Esta Roadway Improvements
Punta Gorda Pathways
New Public Works/Utilities Campus
Downtown Flooding Improvements
City Public Safety Building and Fire Stations on Aqui Esta &Acline Road

 Click here for the entire list of projects since 1994.

Utilizing sales tax funds spreads the cost of these projects among not only local residents, but seasonal visitors and tourists, as well.

07-19-19 Minutes

September 30, 2019 10 am Agenda

09-30-19 Minutes

October 30, 2019 Sales Tax Agenda

10-30-19 Minutes

November 18, 2019 Sales Tax Agenda

11-18-19 Minutes

January 13, 2020 Sales Tax Agenda

01-13-2020 Sales Tax Minutes

City of Punta Gorda Sales Tax Projects In Preliminary Scoring Order

February 24, 2020 Sales Tax Agenda

Sales Tax Committee Recommendations 02-24-2020 rev.

Final Sales Tax Projects from Council 04-01-2020