The Penny for Pinellas tax is a one percent sales tax paid by everyone who spends money in the county. It was first approved by voters in 1989 and went into effect in February 1990. Two extensions of the Penny for Pinellas have been approved; March 1997 and March 2007. The most recent extension covers another ten-year period, from February 1, 2010 to January 31, 2020.
Pinellas County voters will be asked to consider extending the Penny for Pinellas tax when they go to the polls on November 7, 2017.
WHAT HAS THE PENNY DONE FOR SEMINOLE?
The city uses the Penny for Pinellas resources to fund capital improvements to the city’s infrastructure including rehabilitation of storm water pipe, storm water projects, and road resurfacing. Penny resources have also been expended to build the Public Works Administration/EOC and the Public Works Garage and Office. Parks and recreation improvements have included the Community Building at City Park that incorporates a full-service meeting and banquet facility (the Parkview Room), a community policing office, and the Seminole Historical Society Museum. Waterfront Park is one of the more exciting projects benefitting from Penny for Pinellas funds, and will include an all-abilities playground and a canoe/kayak launch area.
The city has also leveraged Penny for Pinellas resources to secure additional grant funding to maximize the impact of the Penny. For example, grants from the the State of Florida have been combined with Capital Improvement Project funds and Penny resources to complete Phase I of Waterfront Park.