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.
- 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.
|2018||Ford Interceptor Sedans / SUVs||38||$ 1,129,147.62|
|2019||Ford Interceptor Sedans / SUVs||5||$ 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.
|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|