Penny For Pinellas – Building a Better St. Petersburg and Pinellas County
The Penny for Pinellas tax is a one percent sales tax paid by everyone who spends money in Pinellas County. It was first approved by voters in 1989 and went into effect in February 1990. Three extensions of the Penny for Pinellas have been approved; March 1997, March 2007, and February 1, 2010, to January 31, 2020.
The 2020-2030 Penny for Pinellas was approved on November 7, 2017, by 139,000 Pinellas County residents or 83% of registered voters. This fourth round will be in effect February 1, 2020 through January 31, 2030.
The city uses the Penny for Pinellas resources to fund capital improvements to the city’s infrastructure including streets and roads, bridges, stormwater system upgrades, parks and recreation centers and public facilities.
The city has also leveraged Penny for Pinellas resources to secure additional grant funding to maximize the impact of the Penny. For example, grants from the South West Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) have been combined with matching funds from Penny resources to complete additional stormwater management projects.
City Penny Resources
- Map – City of St. Petersburg Penny for Pinellas Accomplishments (2010 to 2017)
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The city makes investments of Penny for Pinellas resources in four categories:
- Resurfacing of 673 lane miles of city streets (2010-2016) and 2,391 lane miles during all of the Penny rounds
- Constructed 15 major Stormwater drainage projects (using both Penny and SWFWMD grants)
- Reconstructed 10 bridges and extended the service life of 76 bridges
- Reconstruction of seawalls, such as 30,000 linear feet of seawall, along Coffee Pot Bayou through Vinoy and Straub Parks
- Reconstruction of sidewalks – average of 400 sidewalk segments annually
- Traffic Calming – installed 207 traffic calming features (2010-2016) and 1,568 (all rounds of the Penny)
- Police Headquarters Facility is under construction with an estimated completion date of December 2018/January 2019)
- Acquired 79 Police cruisers (2010-2017)
- A new Fire Station #7 at Fossil Park will soon be under construction with an estimated completion in late summer 2018
- Major renovations to Fire Station 11 (Lakewood Fire Station)
- Acquired eight (8) new fire engines, two (2) ladder trucks, one (1) squad support vehicle
Recreation & Culture
- Reconstruction of eight (8) recreation centers including Campbell Park, Lake Vista, Gladden Park, and Childs Park
- Major renovations to Parks including Lake Maggiore/Boyd Hill, Campbell Park, Fossil Park and Walter Fuller
- Renovation and improvements to eight (8) boat launch facilities including Bay Vista, Crisp Park, Coffee Pot, Demen’s Landing, Maximo, Grand Vies, Lake Maggiore, and Sunlit Cove
- Major improvements to Pools including Jennie Hall, Childs Park, Fossil Park, Shore Acres, Lake Vista and Walter Fuller
- Replacement of playground equipment at Walter Fuller, Lake Vista, Crisp Park, Crescent Lake, and Westgate Elementary
- Public Library improvements
- Regular resurfacing of the City’s tennis and basketball courts and refinishing of Gymnasium floors
City Facility Improvements
- Funded renovations to Jamestown, the city’s affordable housing complex
- Improvements to the Dwight H. Jones Neighborhood Center
- Replacement of roofs and HVAC systems in City facilities