Orange County mayor fields questions about proposed 1 cent sales tax for transportation

If approved, Orange County sales tax would go up from 6.5 % to 7.5 %

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – During a series of town hall meetings, Orange County residents can ask questions about a proposal to raise the current sales tax to invest in the county’s transportation.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has been hosting a series of town hall meetings to get resident concerns about a proposal to raise the current sales tax in the county from 6.5% to 7.5% to improve the county’s public transportation, roads and more.

The mayor is hosting his latest meeting on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Barnett Park Gym. County officials said they had 171 people RSVP to attend ahead of the event.

Demings said the time is now and the one-cent sales tax could help the county invest more in road infrastructure, add more Lynx buses and expand Sunrail.

“It going to get worse. We are going to end up in gridlock. It’s all about timing, and I believe the time is now,” Demings said during an interview with News 6 in October.

Orange County resident Sally Baptiste said she’s against the possible sales tax increase.

“I don’t want to give them more money. I don’t think more money is going to fix the problem,” Baptiste said.

Baptiste also questioned why the money could not come from other means or other taxes.

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