I’m still weighing my decision on whether to vote for the My Ride, My Roads sales tax referendum coming up on Tuesday. I don’t like increasing taxes, but I do like local control and efficient organizations. Tom Phillips and Polk Transit qualify under both of those criteria, so I’m torn.
My leaning right now is to vote for the initiative, and I’m still doing some research just to make sure I’m not missing anything. One of the things I was curious about was how exactly does an 8 percent sales tax (what our new rate would be) compare to other areas. The opposition has harped on the fact that it would be the highest in the state, yet we’d be tied with Pinellas County if a similar referendum passes there. I was also sure other areas of the country would be higher (and lower), and started looking for a sampling.
So, here is that sampling. I included many cities from Forbes’ ranking of the top cities for young professionals, as well as others that I feel are somewhat similar to Lakeland or have elements that we might aspire to have. I’m too busy to draw out lots of implications one way or the other right now, but a couple of things to note:
- The following states have no income tax: Florida, Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Tennessee. (note – New Hampshire only charges property taxes)
- The base sales tax rate for the entire state of Florida is 6 percent, so no city in the state can be below that number.
|City||State||Sales Tax Rate|
|Port St. Lucie||FL||6.50%|
The tax rates were gathered from this site: http://www.taxrates.com/calculator/