St. Johns County voters reject 1-cent sales tax referendum

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Voters in St. Johns County on Tuesday rejected a one-cent sales tax referendum.

Here’s a breakdown of the vote:

Candidate

Votes

%

Against
87,04163%
For
50,83937%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(53 / 53)

The county’s wanted to spend the money on road, bridge, and infrastructure repairs and upgrades. St. John County leaders say they are $500-million behind. That, coupled with the continued growth that’s projected over the next decade, commissioners say – it’s now or never on figuring out how to pay for transportation infrastructure, public safety, and parks.

Here’s where the county says that money would have gone:

  • $243 million is needed for roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure projects,
  • $120 million would have gone to public safety enhancements – like police, fire and rescue,
  • $88 million would have been used on five parks throughout the county, and
  • $49 million would have been used for public libraries