Marion County Penny Sales Tax

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Penny Sales Tax - Safe Roads and a Safe Community

 

The sales tax was approved by Marion County voters in 2016 and will sunset in 2020. The tax is used to fund public safety and transportation infrastructure only. The City of Ocala is using its portion of the penny sales tax dollars to maintain the high standards our citizens have come to expect for safe roads and a safe community.

 

1. Public Safety

In order to increase the presence of public safety personnel in our neighborhoods and decrease response times during emergencies, two new fire stations and a police district office have been constructed for $ 5,196,242.88.

  • Fire Station #7 located at 885 SE 31st St.

Photo of Fire Station 7

  • First Responder Campus located at 340 NE Eighth Ave.

•First Responder Campus

  • Police Vehicles

The Ocala Police Department will continue to be able to provide safe, reliable transportation for its officers with the purchase of 43 new vehicles.

 Fiscal Year Vehicle Quantity Amount
 2018 Ford Interceptor Sedans / SUVs 38 $ 1,129,147.62 
 2019 Ford Interceptor Sedans / SUVs $ 179,271.50 

 

  • Public Safety Communications Equipment

City of Ocala police officers will continue to be able to effectively communicate with one another, as well as other agencies’ first responders, with the purchase of approximately 1,200 pieces of new communication equipment.

 Fiscal Year Equipment Quantity Amount 
2018 Motorola APX6000 encrypted portable radios 242 $ 1,088,092.50 
2018 Impres noise suppression shoulder microphones 242 $ 66,973.50 
2018  Impres LIION batteries 242 $ 31,218.00 
 2018  Impres smart chargers 242 $ 30,855.00 
 2018  APX6500 encrypted mobile radios 221 $ 1,005,910.23 
 2018  APX6500 encrypted mobile control stations 6 $ 28,756.50
 2018  KVL4000 units 2 $ 7,815.76
2018 Long range wireless microphone 1 $ 375.00 
2018 Wireless microphone accessory kit 1 $ 225.00
2018 Impres multi-unit charger 1 $ 937.50
2018 Motorola APX4000 portable radios 5 $ 16,848.75
2018 LIION batteries for the APX4000s 5 $ 476.25
2018 Impres chargers for the APX4000s 5 $ 259.69
2018  APX4500 control station 1 $ 3,833.50

 

2. Road Improvements

Ocala’s citizens can continue to expect to travel on safe and attractive roadways as a result of the penny sales tax funded city road improvement program.

Location (Project number) Budgeted Status
SW 17th Rd. – SW 27th Ave. to SR 200 (Proj.18-01) $ 99,329.70 Completed
SW 7th St. – SW 23rd Ave. to SW 21st Ave. (Proj. 18-02) $ 33,390.99 Completed
SE 17th St. – SE 25th Ave. to SE 30th Ave. (Proj. 18-09) $ 111,045.56 Completed
SE 5th St. and SE Osceola Ave. – SE 1st Ave. to SE 3rd Ave. (Proj. 18-05) $ 55,476.34 Completed
SW 10th St. – S Pine Ave. to SE 1st Ave. (Proj. 18-04) $ 207,315.97 Completed
SW 34th Ave. SW 32nd Ave. to SR 200 (Proj. 18-10) $ 348,401.33 Completed
SE 8th St. – SE 36th Ave. to SE 41st Ave. (Proj. 18-03) $ 119,206.60 Completed
MLK – SR 40 to SR 27 (Proj. 18-06B) $ 350,919.58 In progress
NE 3rd St. – Pine Ave. to NE 8th Ave. (Proj.18-07) $ 272,164.30 Completed
NW 1st Ave. – NW 20th St. to NW 28th St. (Proj. 18-08) $ 129,034.20 Completed
Double Micro NE 8th Ave. – SR 40 to NE 14th St. (Proj. 18-12) $ 163,489.99 Completed
NE Watula – SR 40 to NE 3rd St. $ 107,174.51 Completed