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Longboat Key sends proposed projects list to Sarasota County

If the surtax gets approved by Sarasota County voters, the town is due to receive about $15.13 million in funding.

Longboat Key leaders have determined how they intend to use millions of dollars in surtax money collected from retail sales around Sarasota County, provided voters approve the countywide measure in November.

The town is due to receive an estimated $15.13 million over 15 years from the county’s 1% sales tax, on top of the standard 6% rate. Since November 2021, Sarasota County has added $2 million to the town’s estimated surtax total, according to Longboat Key Finance Director Sue Smith.

The Longboat Key Town Commission voted 6-1 to send its proposed projects list to the Sarasota County Commission, which is set to discuss each municipality’s proposal. District 1 Commissioner Sherry Dominick cast the dissenting vote.