Hernando Half Cent

Frequently asked questions

To register to vote or to see elections requirements please see the Official Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Website  at http://www.hernandovotes.gov. 

Early Voting For All Hernando County Registered Voters Will Begin On October 26, 2022 and End on November 5, 2022. The General Election Date for the 2022 General Elections will be on Tuesday November 8, 2022. Mail-in ballots can be requested online at the Official Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Website at http://www.hernandovotes.gov or at the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Office in Spring Hill at 7443 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, 34606 or the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Main Office at 16264 Spring Hill Drive, Brooksville 34604.

Registered Voters in Hernando County can vote in multiple ways: mail-in voting, early voting, and general election day voting. Early Voting dates are listed above and are held at four locations within Hernando County in that timeframe: the Spring Hill Library located at 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill Florida, the South Brooksville Community Center located at 601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Brooksville Florida, the Supervisor of Elections Westside Branch located at 7443 Forest Oaks Boulevard, Spring Hill Florida, 34606 or the East Hernando Branch Library located at 6457 Windmere Road, Brooksville, FL, 34608. Please See the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Voter Lookup Tool to see where you are scheduled to Vote on Election Day at http://www.hernandovotes.gov/Voters/Voter-Lookup-Tool

“OPTIONAL 1/2-CENT SALES SURTAX REFERERENDUM”

TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HERNANDO COUNTY’S RESIDENTS, SHALL HERNANDO COUNTY LEVY A 1/2-CENT SALES TAX, THE PROCEEDS OF WHICH SHALL BE EXCLUSIVELY USED TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, TO CONSTRUCT AND IMPROVE ROADWAYS, AND TO CREATE AND IMPROVE PARKS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, WITH HERNANDO COUNTY’S USE OF THE PROCEEDS TO BE SUBJECT TO CITIZEN OVERSIGHT?

_______________ YES- FOR THE 1/2 CENT SALES TAX

_______________ NO- AGAINST THE 1/2 CENT SALES TAX

Despite rising gas prices over the past few years, revenue generated from the gas tax has remained relatively constant. This is due to the fact that the gas tax is assessed by gallon and not by ($) dollar amounts. Therefore, gas tax revenue does not increase with rising gas prices. Furthermore, construction costs have continued to increase with the same constant revenue from the gas tax leading to a lack of funding for Hernando County’s Roadway and Recreation Projects.

Population growth in Hernando County has led to congestion on our roadways and in our parks. Hernando County requires improved and expanded roadways in order to reduce traffic congestion caused by population growth. A sales tax would give Hernando County the necessary money to improve and expand (i.e., create new sports fields, basketball courts, etc.) our current parks. A sales tax would also be a more fair way to ensure that all residents of Hernando County and visitors to the County contribute to the enhancement of our community.

Any person who buys goods in Hernando County will pay the half-cent sales tax. Tourists and visitors to the County will make a major contribution to the overall sales tax returns as they would account for roughly thirty (30) percent of the annual funding from the sales tax. 

Groceries, Medical Services, Medication, and Fuel would be exempt from the Half-Cent Sales Tax. Furthermore, the Half-Cent Sales Tax would only be collected on the first $5,000 of large purchases of tangible personal property. 

Eighty (80) percent of the proceeds from the sales tax will be utilized for roadway improvements, and expansion. Twenty (20) percent of the proceeds will go to improving our quality of life, specifically in the area of improving our existing parks (i.e., Ernie Weaver Park, Kennedy Park, etc.) and creating new recreation opportunities (i.e., a splash park at Anderson Snow Park, sports fields and courts at parks throughout the County, etc.) within Hernando County.

There are extensive safeguards to ensure the revenue generated from the sales tax will be utilized properly. First, Florida State law requires that any revenue generated from the sales tax be used on projects on the approved projects list which the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners approved on the February 22, 2022 County Commission Meeting. Second, a Citizen’s Oversight Committee shall be created as a safeguard to ensure proper expenditures of funds once the Referendum is passed. The Citizens’ Oversight Committee will serve as a mechanism of transparency and add a further layer of accountability to the taxpayers of Hernando County. The Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be composed of citizens residing in Hernando County. 

Yes, Every Florida County has a local sales  tax. Hernando County has a rate of 6.5 percent while our neighbors have rates such as Six (6) Percent (Citrus County), Seven (7) Percent (Pasco County, Lake County, and Marion County), and Seven and A Half (7.5) Percent (Hillsborough County).

Ordinance No: 2022-06 placed the Local Government Infrastructure Surtax (Half-Cent Sales Tax) on the November 2022 Ballot.  The purposes of Ordinance No: 2022-06 are:

“AN ORDINANCE IMPOPSING A COUNTYWIDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE SURTAX OF ONE-HALF OF A PERCENT (0.5%) ON ALL AUTHORIZED TAXABLE TRANSACTIONS OCCURING WITHIN HERNANDO COUNTY, AS AUTHORIZED BY FLA. STAT. 212.055(2); PROVIDING FOR THE INCORPORATION OF RECITALS; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR STATUTORY FUNDINGS; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF THE DISCRETIONARY SALES SURTAX; PROVIDING FOR STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR DURATION OF LEVY; PROVIDING FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS FROM SURTAX; PROVIDING FOR THE USE OF PROCEEDS; PROVIDING FOR CITIZEN OVERSIGHT; DIRECTING THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS TO HOLD A COUNTYWIDE PRECINCT REFERENDUM ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 8, 2022; DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT TO ADVERTISE THE SPECIAL REFERENDUM ELECTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW; PROVIDING FOR A LEVY EXPIRATION DATE AND FOR THE SURVIVAL OF CERTAIN RESTRICTED USES; PROVIDING FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION CONCERNING LOCAL SALES TAX; DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE COURT TO NOTIFY THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS; AND THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE; PROVIDING FOR THE AVAILABILITY OF COPIES OF ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR THE IMPOSITION OF THE SURTAX BECOMING EFFECTIVE IF APPROVED AT A COUNTYWIDE PRECINCT REFERENDUM ELECTION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING PROVISIONS; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. “

The Half-Cent Sales Tax will generate approximately $662,321 dollars in revenue annually that the City of Brooksville can use to address their roadway and recreation needs. For example, the City of Brooksville can use the funding to finance, plan, and construct infrastructure within the City of Brooksville.

Most state and federal grant opportunities require matching dollars. Revenue generated from the Half-Cent Sales Tax can provide the required match for these opportunities, meaning that every (20) twenty dollars in Half-Cent Sales Tax Revenue can potentially yield another eighty dollars in grant awards.