The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations have officially announced their support behind the Alachua County’s transportation sales tax initiative. Moving Alachua County Forward referendum will institute an eight-year, 1 cent sales tax to fund various transportation projects if the initiative is approved in November.
Builders Association of North Central Florida, Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors, Gainesville Citizens for Active Transportation, African American Accountability Alliance, Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee, Community Coalition for Older Adults and Alachua County Emerging Leaders are some of the organizations that helped build the coalition that endorses the initiative.
If the sales tax does not pass, one alternative is raising property taxes for some of the county’s transportation needs. Voters rejected a similar initiative in 2012 for a 15-year, ¾ cent sales tax that would have funded road repairs. Unlike the 2012 initiative, the new initiative has diverse support. The sales tax would raise $30 million per year, but 30 percent of that revenue is expected to come out of pockets of people visiting Alachua County. The sales tax initiative will help with transit, bicycle/pedestrian projects and a program for Older Adults, which would use smaller buses to transport seniors.