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Local Option Sales Tax

City of Punta Gorda 1% Local Option Sales Tax Projects 2015-2021



 Punta Gorda Pathways/Harborwalk –
 US 41 MURT from Aqui Esta to Airport Rd (delayed Baynard/Vasco sidewalk improvements)
 Airport Rd Complete Streets
 Virginia Ave Complete Streets
 Cooper St Complete Streets
 Harborwalk Gilchrist Park to end of Retta Esplanade
 Gilchrist Park Playground & Restrooms
 US 41 ADA Ramp
 Linear Park to Fisherman’s Village
 US 41 Bridges Underpass
 Harborwalk Laishley Park Marina, Marriage Point & Justice Center Boardwalk Widening


 Stormwater -
 Boca Grande Drainage & Retention Bank


 Street Lighting -
 Sullivan St
 Shreve St
 US 41 Bridge Approaches


 Sidewalks –
 E Marion Ave (Nesbit to US 41) Re-bricking
 Madrid (Shopping Center to US 41)
 Intersection Treatments
 Various Locations - Phase 1


 Technology -
 City Website Redesign
 Network Backbone/Code Switch
 Digital Phone System
 Computer Replacement/Upgrades


 Fleet -
 Fire Apparatus
 Police Vehicle Replacements
 Storm Water Cleaning Truck


 Public Facilities -
 Ponce de Leon Park Restrooms
 Public Safety Building Perimeter Parking Lot Lighting
 Council Chambers Equipment
 ADA Improvements


 Waterfront Activity Center -
 Conceptual Design





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