CLEARWATER – City leaders reaffirmed their support for the proposed extension of Penny for Pinellas, a tax levy that funds infrastructure projects throughout the county, and approved an amended resolution for an inter local agreement with Pinellas County, on Aug. 3 during a meeting of the Clearwater City Council at city hall.
The city initially approved a similar resolution in April, but was asked to approve an amended resolution after the county revised language regarding a joint review committee.
Since its approval in 1989 and again in 1997, Clearwater has benefitted from the sales tax levy with an approximate $210 million, which has funded a number of projects, including the Memorial Causeway Bridge, Bright House (now Spectrum) Stadium, at least five fire stations, Ross Norton Complex, Countryside and the Main Clearwater libraries, Pier 60, the Long Center and downtown streetscaping.
Other planned projects for the remainder of the current 10-year cycle include the consolidation of the Eastside and the St. Petersburg College libraries, Countryside Fire Station, Clearwater Beach Fire Station, Lakeview Fire Station, Crest Lake Park improvements, Morningside Recreation Center replacement and additional downtown streetscaping.
According to an estimate by Pinellas County, should Penny for Pinellas be approved for an additional decade, Clearwater is expected to receive approximately $141 million over the 10-year span.
Pinellas County residents will vote for the tax levy renewal in November.