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Investing in our Transportation Infrastructure for Osceola County’s Families, Economy and Future

Special Election: May 21, 2019
Early Voting: May 13 – 10, 2019

A special election for Osceola County voters will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 to decide a single ballot question:

Should transportation facilities and services be funded throughout Osceola County, including projects that improve roads and bridges, expand public transit options, fix potholes, enhance bus services, relieve rush hour bottlenecks, improve intersections, and make walking and biking safer by levying a one-cent sales surtax for 30 years?

For information on voting locations, early voting, or voting by mail, please contact the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections at

www.VOTEOSCEOLA.com or call 407-742-6000

 
Improve Infrastructure

Improve Infrastructure

The proposed penny sales tax will allow us to improve roads and bridges, expand public transit options, fix potholes and enhance bus services.

Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Reduce Congestion

In addition, it will allow us to reduce rush hour bottlenecks, improve intersections and make walking and biking safer by expanding and enhancing our sidewalks.

Maintain and Improve Emergency Response

Maintain and Improve Emergency Response

When we are able to widen roads and improve intersections, our aim will be to reduce 911 response times for law enforcement and emergency vehicles such as ambulances.

Decrease Time in Traffic

Decrease Time in Traffic

This countywide plan will help us ease terrible rush hour bottlenecks, helping our residents get to and from work easier, get a child to a doctor’s appointment or just travel to the grocery store.

Strengthen Economic Climate through Improved Mobility

Strengthen Economic Climate Through Improved Mobility

By improving our mobility and easing congestion, our quality of life will improve and Studies have shown that all of these things help increase property values, as well as our economy.

Invest in Local Roads for Future Generations and Visitors

Invest in Local Roads for Future Generations

A significant portion of sales tax is paid for by tourists and visitors to Osceola County, so this is a way to make sure they are paying their fair share, as well.


FAQ's & Information

 

Feb 18, 2019 Board of County Commissioners – Ordinance No. 2019-19

March 2019 Board of County Commissioners - Community Presentation


March 19, 2019 - OPPAGA Audit
Sales Tax Performance Audit
Osceola County was audited by Florida’s Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).  This audit is part of the state's new transparency requirements for proposed sales tax increases.
Click here to review the final report and the county's response to the audit.
 

Community Meetings

Please check back for updated schedule of weeknight/weekend community meetings

Monday – March 25, 2019
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Board of County Commission Chambers

Open House/Community Presentation by Osceola County staff

Monday – April 1, 2019
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Board of County Commission Chambers

Open House/Community Presentation by Osceola County staff

Monday – April 8, 2019
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Board of County Commission Chambers

Open House/Community Presentation by Osceola County staff

Monday – April 15, 2019
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Board of County Commission Chambers

Open House/Community Presentation by Osceola County staff

 


What will I be voting on?
The ballot will ask only one question:

Should transportation facilities and services be funded throughout Osceola County, including projects that improve roads and bridges, expand public transit options, fix potholes, enhance bus services, relieve rush hour bottlenecks, improve intersections, and make walking and biking safer by levying a one-cent sales surtax for 30 years?

______ FOR the one-cent sales surtax
______ AGAINST the once-cent surtax

 

Why is a one-cent surtax needed?
Right now, Osceola County has more than a $1.1 billion backlog of road construction needs. More than $250 million is needed to fill in existing sidewalk gaps, and $445 million is needed to build new recreational bicycle and pedestrian trails for residents. Additionally, surtax dollars will be used to relieve rush hour bottlenecks at key intersections and enhance bus services throughout the County. A one-cent surtax would improve and expand roads and public transit, significantly expand pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce 911 response times, and provide a way for tourists and visitors to help pay for Osceola County’s transportation network.
 

How much money will be raised and how will it be spent?
A one-cent surtax will generate an estimated $67 million annually – or about $2.1 billion dollars over the next 30 years. A significant amount of that money will be paid by tourists and visitors. In addition to funding needed road improvements, the dollars will provide for critical pedestrian and biking safety projects, as well as additional investments in trails, technology to improve intersection operations, and vitally needed bus and transit expansion. The one-cent surtax will also boost the County’s road resurfacing budget from $9 million to $12 million each year – fixing more potholes and addressing other critical transportation maintenance operation needs.
 

How will the surtax revenue impact the future of Osceola County?
The one-cent transportation surtax will allow Osceola County to create a transportation network by fixing, building and expanding roads, as well as reducing congestion and gridlock through technology and the use of intelligent traffic signal coordination.
 

Can the surtax dollars be used outside of Osceola County?
No, the surtax money will be used ONLY within Osceola County, including the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. The surtax will not be used on toll road projects.
 

What about the gas tax?
In 2015, the County Commission increased the gas tax by five cents per gallon, generating an additional average of $7.7 million per year. The money generated by the gas tax (2016 – 2018) has funded road resurfacing (31% of the money), transit services (29% of the money), and transportation capital projects (40% of the money). Prior to implementation of the gas tax, road resurfacing was funded at $3 million/year as compared to $9 million today and LYNX was funded at $6 million/year as compared to $7.6 million currently. Gas taxes, however, are a dwindling source of money with the proliferation of hybrids, electric cars and transit options, along with better mileage.
 

What about maintaining and fixing our current roads?
Prior to the implementation of the 2015 gas tax, Osceola County spent about $3 million annually in road resurfacing. This year, Osceola County is projected to spend a total of about $9 million. The surtax will increase that budget to approximately $12 million.
 

What about growth, and making sure that developers pay their fair share?
Osceola County is the second fastest growing county in the state, and will continue to welcome new families, businesses and jobs. Osceola County is making sure that developers pay their fair share. Osceola County nearly doubled the mobility fees paid by new development in 2017 and they are now the highest fees paid by developers in the region and among the highest in the state. Maintaining a healthy balance is important, too, to ensure that the cost of home ownership remains affordable for all Osceola residents.

Development Fees paid per Residence
 


What are mobility and impact fees?
In general, government charges fees to make sure that developers pay their fair share of the costs associated with new development, so that taxpayers are not burdened with the cost of things like new roads, new schools, new traffic lights and new parks. In Osceola County, developer fees are split into two categories. Mobility Fees are paid by developers for transportation-related impacts and Impact Fees are paid by developers for park, school, and fire impacts. Osceola County LEADS THE STATE in the mobility and impact fees that are charged for residential development.

Improve Roads & Bridges

Improve Roads and Bridges Fix Pot Holes and Road Resurfacing
 


What roads are on the list?
In addition to continuing construction on current projects such as Hoagland Boulevard, a list of eligible road projects is posted on the county's website at www.Osceola.org. With current funding, on average only one road project every 7 to 10 years is affordable. Funds from the surtax also will enable the County to leverage considerable state and federal grant dollars – money that now goes to other communities with the ability to match grant awards with local dollars.
 

How much do roads cost?
In general, building new roads - or expanding and realigning existing roads – is budgeted at about $10 million per mile.
 

How is transportation within Osceola County funded now?
Capital projects for the current fiscal year (FY2019) are funded as shown in the chart below.

Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation Capital Pie Chart
 


Where does that money come from?
The capital transportation projects are currently funded from sources provided below.

Capital Funding Source Revenue Table
 


What about transportation operations and maintenance costs?
The transportation operations and maintenance budget for the current fiscal year (FY 2019) is shown in the chart below.

Fiscal Year 2019 Operating Budget Pie Chart
 


Where does that money come from?
The operations and maintenance costs for transportation are currently funded from sources provided below.

Operation Funding Source Revenue Table
 


What about maintaining and fixing our current roads?
Prior to the implementation of the 2015 gas tax, Osceola County spent about $3 million annually in road resurfacing. This year, Osceola County is projected to spend a total of about $9 million. The surtax will increase that budget to approximately $12 million.

 

Make Walking & Biking Safer

Make Walking and Biking Safer
 

Expand Bus & Public Transit Service

Enhance Bus Services Expand Public Transit Options
 

What about LYNX and other public transportation?
The surtax could be used to advance exciting new transit projects on US 192, utilizing autonomous vehicles or other emerging transit technologies. LYNX service could be improved, with new routes added.
 

What about SunRail?
The proposed surtax could be used for SunRail operations or for expanding SunRail service.
 


Rendering of a Complete Street. A complete street is designed to enable safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

UN CENTAVO DE TRANSPORTE SURTAX

Invertir en nuestra infraestructura de transporte para las familias, la economía y el futuro del Condado de Osceola

 
Mejoras a la Infraestructura

Mejoras a la Infraestructura

El impuesto de ventas propuesto de un centavo permitirá mejoras en las carreteras y puentes, expandir las opciones de transporte público, arreglar baches y mejorar los servicios de autobuses.

Mejorar la seguridad peatonal y de ciclistas, reducir la congestión en el tráfico

Mejorar la seguridad peatonal y de ciclistas, reducir la congestión en el tráfico

Además, permitirá reducir el tráfico durante las horas más críticas, mejorar las intersecciones y hacer que el caminar y andar en bicicleta sean más seguros ampliando y mejorando nuestras aceras.

Mantener y mejorar la respuesta de emergencia

Mantener y mejorar la respuesta de emergencia

Cuando somos capaces de ampliar las carreteras y mejorar las intersecciones nuestro objetivo será reducir el tiempo de respuesta del 911 para las fuerzas policiales y los vehículos de emergencia como las ambulancias.

Disminuir el tiempo en el tráfico

Disminuir el tiempo en el tráfico

Este plan del Condado nos ayudará a aliviar el terrible tráfico de las horas pico, ayudando a nuestros residentes a llegar al trabajo más fácil, llevar a un hijo a su cita médica o simplemente viajar a la tienda de comestibles.

Fortalecer el clima económico a través de movilidad

Fortalecer el clima económico a través de movilidad

Mejorando nuestra movilidad y aliviando la congestión en el tráfico nuestra calidad de vida mejorará, y los estudios han demostrado que todas estas cosas ayudan a aumentar los valores de propiedad, así como nuestra economía.

Invertir en las carreteras locales para las generaciones futuras

Invertir en las carreteras locales para las generaciones futuras

Una porción significativa del impuesto de ventas es pagada por turistas y los visitantes al Condado de Osceola, así que ésta es una manera de cerciorarse de que están pagando su parte justa también.