1-Cent Sales Tax
Voters in Sarasota County
and its cities approved a 15-
year extension of the penny
sales tax in November 2007.
The current extension began
Fiscal Year 2009-10 and
ends December 31, 2024.
Here are some projects that revenues
from the 1-cent sales tax will pay for in
1. Performing Arts Center for use by the
community and high school in conjunc-
tion with Sarasota County School
Board’s reconstruction of Venice High
School. The facility will be used by the
school, the cultural arts groups in Venice,
and for other entertainment.
2. Pilot alternate energy project.
3. Public Works and Solid Waste facili-
4. Road and sidewalk improvements.
5. Canoe/kayak launch at Venice Myakka
6. Playground equipment replacement.
7. Former circus arena demolition.
For more information about this
Information Officer Pam Johnson at
(941) 486-2626, Ext. 24005 or e-
mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Venice
401 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
What is the 1-cent sales tax?
The local option 1-cent sales tax is 1
cent on the dollar above the state sales tax,
currently of 6 cents per dollar. Each local
government in Florida has the option of
levying the additional penny per dollar
spent, which comes back to the community
to be used for capital improvement projects.
The tax also is known as the infrastructure
Who pays this tax?
Everyone who buys taxable goods
in Sarasota County, including tourists, part-
time and full-time residents. About 35 per-
cent of the surtax revenue in this county
comes from tourists.
How may the revenue be used?
The revenue may only be used for
infrastructure as determined by the state leg-
islature. It allows Venice to build needed
infrastructure without laying the entire bur-
den of the cost solely on the property own-
ers. The mayor and city council determine
which projects will receive allocations.
How much have reve