Building a Better Pinellas
From bridges that span our waterways to neighborhood parks,
the Penny for Pinellas supports investments in areas that matter most to our citizens.
The Penny funds projects aimed at providing you with improved roads, bridges and trails, water quality and flood prevention, a safe, secure community, preservation of parks and our environment and other projects that build up our local area.
On Nov. 7, 2017, Pinellas County voters will decide whether
the Penny is renewed for 10 years, from 2020-2030.
Update: The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners has approved a set of priorities for future Penny projects, based on broad input, including the county’s Strategic Plan, partner feedback, surveys and other public input. View the Penny Renewal Project Priorities . Please note: This document outlines Pinellas County Government’s potential Penny investments; each of the 24 cities will set its own priorities.
What is the Penny for Pinellas?
- 1-percent sales tax paid by everyone who spends money in the County
- 1/3 paid for by tourists and seasonal visitors
- All Penny funds are collected in Pinellas and build a better Pinellas
- Shared between the County and 24 cities
- Funds long-term, capital investments such as improved roads, bridges and trails, water quality and flood prevention, public safety equipment and vehicles, fire stations, parks and environmental land acquisition, and land for housing that is accessible to our citizens at all income levels.
- Not a new tax; the Penny has been in effect since 1990
The Penny makes it possible to do more capital projects without relying on property taxes. Prior to the Penny for Pinellas, property owners paid for projects with property taxes. The Penny generates the equivalent of 2.4 mills of property taxes ($240 on a home with a taxable value of $100,000). Without the Penny, the County and cities would rely more heavily on other funding sources such as property taxes to fund these projects or many would have to be delayed or not completed. As a sales tax, it is not collected on such purchases as groceries and medications and is only applied to the first $5,000 of a single purchase. Learn more on our information page or request a speaker for your community organization.
Find Penny resource materials on our get involved page.
How has the Penny built a better Pinellas?
Click on icons below to see highlights from the County’s past Penny investments or see our interactive map for a snapshot of projects completed by the County and the 24 cities.
All documents are in pdf format