Orange County Commission Discusses Transportation Tax Proposal

Orange County leaders discussed the proposed transportation sales tax on Tuesday. Commissioners voted in April to put the penny sales tax proposal on the November ballot. During Tuesday morning’s meeting, commissioners discussed the proposal’s position with an audit by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, or OPPAGA. The OPPAGA report examines factors such as the effectiveness of the program, its structure, its ability to achieve its objectives and its compliance with policies, rules and laws. According to OPPAGA, the program meets state requirements. County commissioners also discussed a new dashboard that would monitor the progress of projects. The sales tax is intended to improve road and transportation infrastructure such as roads, transit, pedestrian safety, intersections and technology. The county expects more than half of the $600 million to come from tourism and visitors and would only apply to the first 5,000 Orange County. Certain items would be exempt from the tax, such as prescription drugs, utilities, and prescription drugs. In November, it will be voters who will decide if they ultimately want this one-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The referendum comes after a 4-3 vote among commissioners in April. Commissioners said it could raise about $600 million to help the county manage transportation improvement needs. This would mean possible increases for Lynx and SunRail services, improving road conditions and congestion, as well as making streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. The county notes that more than 19,000 people were surveyed about local transportation issues. The survey, according to the county, shows traffic congestion is the main issue, along with pedestrian and cyclist safety. It shows that residents would also like to see more convenient routes and an expansion of Lynx service. As for Sunrail, the survey shows residents want to see weekend services, increased frequency and access to more places, like the airport. Orange County notes that it aims to reduce Lynx wait times by 50% and increase SunRail operations. , Taxpayers Money would see a tiered oversight process with review by a Technical Committee, an appointed Citizens Oversight Board, and then the Orange County Commissioners.

Orange County leaders discussed the proposed transportation sales tax on Tuesday. Commissioners voted in April to put the penny sales tax proposal on the November ballot.

During Tuesday morning’s meeting, commissioners discussed the position of the proposal with an audit by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, or OPPAGA.

The OPPAGA report reviews factors such as program effectiveness, structure, achievement of objectives, and compliance with policies, rules, and laws.

According to OPPAGA, the program meets state requirements.

County commissioners also discussed a new dashboard that would monitor the progress of projects.

The sales tax is intended to improve road and transportation infrastructure such as roads, public transportation, pedestrian safety, intersections, and technology.

The county expects more than half of the $600 million to come from tourism and visitors and would only apply to the first $5,000 of any single purchase in Orange County.

Certain items would be exempt from the tax, such as prescription drugs, utilities, and prescription drugs.

In November, voters will decide if they want this one-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

The referendum comes after a 4-3 vote among commissioners in April.

Commissioners said it could raise about $600 million to help the county manage transportation improvement needs. This would mean possible increases for Lynx and SunRail services, improving road conditions and congestion, as well as making streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The county notes that more than 19,000 people were surveyed about local transportation issues. The survey, according to the county, shows traffic congestion is the main issue, along with pedestrian and cyclist safety. It shows that residents would also like to see more convenient routes and an expansion of Lynx service.

As for Sunrail, the survey shows residents want to see weekend services, increased frequency and access to more places, like the airport.

Orange County notes that it aims to reduce Lynx wait times by 50% and increase SunRail operations.

According to the county, Central Florida is expected to add more than 1,500 residents per week by 2030, with a projected population of 5.2 million.

If the referendum passes, Taxpayers Money would see a tiered oversight process with review by a Technical Committee, an appointed Citizens Oversight Board, and then the Orange County Commissioners.

Aurora J. William