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Florida Voters Increase Sales Tax


 St. Augustine, Florida.

St. Johns County, Florida, is home to historical St. Augustine and more than 40 miles of coastline. It’s close to Jacksonville and just the right distance from Daytona Beach. But that’s not the main reason people are flocking to the area like seabirds. They’re moving so their children can benefit from the area’s great schools.

That means more schools are needed. In the last decade, the district built 11 new schools to help absorb an additional 10, 473 students. In the next decade, almost 16,000 new students are expected and as many as 20 new schools may have to be built. In short, more revenue is needed.

And it will be had. More than 60% of St. Johns County voters on November 3, 2015, approved a half-cent sales tax increase in order to raise funds to build more schools. The rate increase will take effect January 1, 2016.

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photo credit: Lightner Museum, Nights of Lights, St. Augustine via photopin (license)


Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.