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Should Orange County raise the sales tax? Here’s how you can weigh in

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — You can share your opinion on the Orange County mayor’s plan to raise the sales tax.

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The plan is to use the money raised for work on our roads and infrastructure.

Monday’s meeting is the last meeting before the county presents the plan to commissioners.

Orange County commissioners will hold a workshop on the penny sales tax hike on Monday.

Ultimately, voters will decide whether to increase their own taxes.

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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings wants to raise the sales tax by 1 cent.

Demings said the sales tax hike could raise $18 billion over 30 years.

Of that, about $34 million a year will help pay for county road and infrastructure projects.

The tax would apply to the first $5,000 of any purchase except for food, medication and utilities.

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The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Colonial High School.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can fill out a survey by clicking here.

This isn’t the first time the mayor has tried to raise the tax.

It was supposed to be on the 2020 ballot but was put on the back burner because of the pandemic.

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County commissioners will vote in late April on whether to put this on the November ballot.

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