One-Cent Sales Surtax
The Greater Naples Chamber was a strong supporter of the Collier County one-cent sales surtax, which was approved by voters in November 2018. The surtax is expected to raise $490 million over seven years, and will be used to fund a variety of infrastructure projects, including improvements to roadways and bridges, and construction of a regional park, workforce training center, and mental health facility.
The Chamber believed that the surtax was a necessary investment in the future of Collier County. The county is growing rapidly, and the infrastructure is not keeping pace. The surtax will help to ensure that the county has the infrastructure it needs to support its growing population and economy.
We also believes that the surtax is a fair way to raise revenue. The surtax is a small increase in the sales tax, and it will be applied to all purchases, regardless of income level. Everyone who benefits from the county's infrastructure should contribute to its upkeep.
We are committed to working with the county to ensure that the surtax funds are used wisely. The Chamber will be providing regular oversight of the surtax, and will be working to ensure that the funds are used to improve the quality of life for all Collier County residents.
Here are some of the specific infrastructure projects that the Collier County one-cent sales surtax will fund:
- $200 million for road and bridge improvements
- $100 million for a regional park
- $50 million for a workforce training center
- $50 million for a mental health facility
The Chamber believes that these projects are essential to the future of Collier County. The road and bridge improvements will help to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. The regional park will provide a much-needed space for recreation and relaxation. The workforce training center will help to ensure that Collier County has a skilled workforce. And the mental health facility will provide much-needed services to those in need.
We are confident that the Collier County one-cent sales surtax will be a wise investment in the future of the county. The surtax will help to improve the quality of life for all Collier County residents, and it will help to ensure that the county is prepared for continued growth.