Okaloosa County FAQ Sheet
Half-Cent Surtax Referendum

 

What will appear on the ballot?

 

REFERENDUM TO IMPOSE A ONE-HALF CENT SURTAX TO FUND ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Shall the County be authorized to levy a ten year, one-half cent per dollar sales surtax on taxable transactions occurring within Okaloosa County effective January 1, 2019 for funding of critical needs including essential law enforcement/public safety facilities and vital equipment; reduce traffic congestion: construction and repairing of roads and bridges: flood control and water quality improvements and construct other public facility improvements and pay debt, subject to oversight by a citizens' committee?

 

____     FOR THE ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX

____    AGAINST THE ONE-HALF CENT SALES TAX

 

 

Who will pay the sales tax?

 

 

 

How is the sales tax distributed?

 

 

Local Government

Estimated Distribution (2017)
0.5% Local Option Sales tax

Percentage

Population BEBR
2017 Estimates

OKALOOSA BOCC

$12,697,728

66.51%

110,118

Cinco Bayou

$31,580

0.17%

405

Crestview

$1,839,220

9.63%

24,561

Destin

$998,328

5.23%

13,116

Fort Walton Beach

$1,616,226

8.47%

20,886

Laurel Hill

$41,720

0.22%

551

Mary Esther

$302,254

1.58%

3,973

Niceville

$1,093,454

5.73%

14,442

Shalimar

$62,773

0.33%

813

Valparaiso

$407,598

2.14%

5,246

Countywide Total

$19,090,878

100.00%

194,111

  • Source: 2017 Local Government Financial Information Handbook; Florida Estimates of Population 2017.
  • Percentage was presented by DOR and may not correlate with the population estimate since it was provided for illustrative purpose.

 

 

Where will the money go?

 

 

 

How do I know my money will be spent wisely?

 

 

District

Commissioner

Member

1

Fountain

Henry Berry

2

Ketchel

Brig Gen (Ret) Robert Buhrow

3

Boyles

Katie Sharon

4

Goodwin

Matt Turpin

5

Windes

Jim Foreman

 

 

Do other Counties have a local option sales tax?

 

 

 

Why is this necessary?

 

 

When will voters get to decide?