ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings presented the annual State of Orange County address on Thursday at the Orange County Convention Center, which included him announcing his support of a 1 cent sales tax to support transportation.
Demings said the tax found help fun Lynx and SunRail to "prepare for the future."
Before the tax goes on the ballot, the county plans to hold several community meetings to find out what citizens think the money should be used for. Then it will need to be approved by county commissioners.
SunRail and Lynx are devoid of a dedicated funding source for operations. "Now is the time for our community to consider support of a sales tax referendum to prepare for the future." @WFTV #StateofOrangeCounty— Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) May 16, 2019
In his address, Demings highlighted the accomplishments of Orange County and the community as well as previewed what’s to come in the future. He touched on both the need for affordable housing and the opioid crisis.
Demings was elected as mayor in August 2018.
Tune in to a live stream of the address below, and watch Eyewitness News for updates.
With recent announcement of 75 million visitors to Orlando area last year, Demings says our tourism industry has a $70 billion impact on our region. He says the "time is right to build" when talking about the expansion of convention center. @WFTV #StateofOrangeCounty— Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) May 16, 2019
HOUSING FOR ALL: Demings talking about Central Florida being "worst in nation" for affordable housing. Says OC residents needs to work 82 hours a week at min. wage to afford a 1 bdrm home at market rate. @WFTV #StateofOrangeCounty— Lauren Seabrook (@LSeabrookWFTV) May 16, 2019
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