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Booming St. Johns County considers sales tax hike

St. Johns is one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.
St. Johns is one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.

St. Johns County voters could vote on a 1% sales tax hike this November to fund infrastructure projects. 

County commissioners held a public hearing on the idea Tuesday. County administrators say needed infrastructure repairs total a half-billion dollars. 

Plans call for nearly half of the revenues generated to go toward fixing roads. The rest would be spent on libraries, parks, fire stations and a sheriff’s command center.

William Fischer, president of a special taxing district in St. Johns County, said the investment is badly needed. 

"Flagler Estates Road and Water Control  district also imposes a tax, but the cost of the materials these days is outrageous," Fischer said. "We need a little help."

The County Commission expects to take up the proposed 1% sales tax hike next month.

If it passes, voters would have the final say about whether to raise the local sales tax. 

Claire joined WJCT as a reporter in August 2021. She was previously the local host of NPR's Morning Edition at WUOT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her time in East Tennessee, her coverage of the COVID pandemic earned a Public Media Journalists’ Association award for investigative reporting. You can reach Claire at (904) 250-0926 or on Twitter @ClaireHeddles.