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St. Johns County considers tax increase

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Next month the residents of St. Johns County will get a chance to sound off about a proposal to increase the sales tax in the county to pay for future projects.

Right now there is no local sales tax in St. Johns County on top of the 6 percent state sales tax, but the county is talking about adding a 1-cent sales tax on top of that.

In order for the sales tax increase to take effect, voters would have to approve the increase through a referendum.

Tuesday the county commission voted to have the county attorney work on an ordinance that could put that referendum on a ballot as early as November.

There will be two public hearings at upcoming commission meetings on June 2 and June 16, with a vote possibly taking place at the second meeting.

County officials said the tax would be in place for 10 years, and the money would be allocated to specific projects, like libraries, fire stations and parks.