Released By Osceola County Community Outreach/Public Information Office
“What’s next?” is the unanswered question after Osceola County voters rejected a One Cent for Transportation that would have funded transportation throughout Osceola County.
“The referendum represented an opportunity for Osceola County voters to weigh in on our transportation infrastructure and future planning efforts. And even though they spoke strongly against the surtax, no one is happy with our current transportation situation. As we have stated throughout this robust community debate, our options are limited. But as those charged with leading the community, the County Commission will have to consider our next steps,” Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb said. “We will discuss the results of the special sales surtax referendum at the next meeting of the Board of County Commissioners and work vigorously with our community on this issue that impacts us all – every day and everywhere.”
Funds from the surtax primarily would have been used on Osceola County’s more than $1.1 billion backlog of road construction needs. The surtax would have improved and expanded roads and public transit, reduced rush-hour bottlenecks, significantly expanded pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduced 911 response times, and provided a way for tourists and visitors to help pay for Osceola County’s transportation network.
The next meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is June 3 and will begin at 1:30pm. The meeting will be held in Commission Chambers (4th Floor), 1 Courthouse Square Kissimmee, FL, 34741.