Friday, November 17, 2006

Residents invited to help plan for the next decade

The county is reaching out to residents, asking them to provide input about where it should put its tax dollars. Neighborhood associations along Bee Ridge Road are asking their residents to attend one of the meetings listed below, and to fill out the forms that will be available (they're in the libraries also) with the request that the county give priority to the widening of Bee Ridge, and to making it a Corridor project. Doing so will enable residents to have more say in what can be developed along the road.

Here's the county press release:
SARASOTA COUNTY (MONDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2006) - The public is invited to a series of meetings to help develop a project list for the next phase of the penny sales tax for unincorporated Sarasota County.

On Nov. 6, 2007, Sarasota County officials plan to place on the ballot a referendum asking residents to continue the penny sales tax from 2010 through 2019. At the same time, voters will be asked to approve a list of projects that will be constructed with the revenues generated from the tax.

Since the surtax was extended for 10 years in 1997, the penny sales tax has provided funding for badly needed roads, new libraries, new parks and new fire stations, among many other projects throughout the county. Those facilities came from a project list created and approved by residents. The next list of projects will come from the lists developed by people during the upcoming meetings.

All of the meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

* Nov. 14, Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, Englewood.
* Nov. 16, Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.
* Nov. 28, Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
* Nov. 30, Fruitville Public Library, 100 Coburn road, Sarasota.
* Dec. 5, Commission Chamber, Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
* Dec. 7, North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.

Residents who cannot attend one of the public meetings may offer suggestions by completing a citizen infrastructure survey located at a neighborhood public library or by visiting www.scgov.net/yourpenny. The deadline to submit project ideas is Dec. 8.

For more information about the penny sales tax meetings, call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.

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