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.
- First Responder Campus located at 340 NE Eighth Ave. (Expected completion: December 2018)
- 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.
- 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.
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.