FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Broward County voters chose not to raise their sales tax by a penny to pay for transit system improvements and infrastructure projects.READ MORE: Florida House Panel Backs Proposal Limiting Ballot Initiatives
On Tuesday evening, voters approved the transit sales tax with 51% but rejected the infrastructure sales tax with 62%. Voters would have needed to approve both measures in order for the penny tax to move forward. That was not the case.
The extra penny paid would have been part of the sales tax.READ MORE: Driver In Wilton Manors Hit And Run That Killed Two Children Pleaded Not Guilty
The increase from 6% to 7% would have provided a half a percent to county transportation projects such as the light rail system called the “Wave” in downtown Fort Lauderdale with future connections to the airport, seaport and Broward County Convention Center. The money would also have paid for planned projects designed to ease traffic congestion such as increased bus service, synchronized traffic signals and a variety of countywide intersection and safety improvements.
The other half a percent would have gone to Broward’s 31 cities for other projects like new police or fire stations, park improvements and street and sewer improvements. The revenue from the half-cent city infrastructure tax would have been shared by all of Broward’s 31 cities based on population.
The measure was expected to generate $15 billion in revenue over the next 30 years.MORE NEWS: Florida Lawmakers Tie National Anthem to Sports Money
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