About

 

In its 32 years of existence, every one of our citizens has benefited in some way from the penny, whether they saw improvements in their water quality, walked on our renourished beaches, or felt the safety of deputies’ cars in their neighborhoods. Few if any other forms of funding can benefit so many people and make such an impact on our quality of life.

Leadership

We have an honorable roster of community leaders who are educating our citizens about the benefits of Penny for Improvements.

  • Justin Taylor Penny for Improvements IV & Citizen Tax Oversight Committee Chairman
  • Kurt Hoffman Sheriff of Sarasota County
  • Suzanne Atwell Penny for Improvements IV Treasurer & former City of Sarasota Mayor
  • Gina Taylor Vice President of Communication & Marketing, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
  • Carolyn Mason former Sarasota County Commissioner
  • Jennifer Vigne President & CEO, Education Foundation of Sarasota County

Fast Facts

  • Tourists and visitors provide over 20% of the funds collected from Penny for Improvements.
  • It sustains and improves our public safety, water quality, environment, traffic congestion, parks, and more.
  • It prevents crises and improves our quality of life and well-being.
  • This is a referendum that is voted by the people.
  • It is not new, but a continuation of a revenue source that has been in effect for over 32 years.
  • Our citizens monitor and oversee how its funds are allocated.
  • It must be voted on every 15 years.

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Everybody Benefits

From North to South Sarasota County, Penny for Improvements has supported every one of our residents in one way or another. Consider what may have happened if we didn’t have this revenue source to aid us on essential projects. Here are just a few case studies that serve as examples of why the penny tax is important:

Case Study

Sarasota

Over 200 Sarasota Police Department vehicles have been replaced since the Phase III continuation of Penny for Improvements in 2009. This has allowed our officers to focus on what matters most—public safety.

Case Study

North Port

Water and wastewater extensions have been established throughout the city to prevent potential septic system hazards including over- pumping of aquifers through private wells.

Case Study

Venice

A hurricane shelter was created at Taylor Ranch Elementary, preventing the need for residents in the vicinity to travel long distances for emergency shelter.

Case Study

Sarasota County

Traffic Control Priority Systems were implemented throughout the county, which uses GPS technology to connect traffic control devices and emergency vehicle transmitters to turn intersection lights green for emergency vehicles. These devices have resulted in quicker response times for residents in emergency situations.