Santa Rosa voters reject the county’s local option sales tax referendum

Santa Rosa County voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election and rejected the county’s local option sales tax referendum by a 67-33 margin.

There is already a half-cent sales tax in place. Had the “full penny” tax referendum passed, it would have generated roughly $182 million over the next decade, according to South Santa Rosa News.

According to the report, Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie Villane said typically there is a “low” turnout of around 10 percent of voters during special elections. However, 26,121 voters, nearly 20 percent, cast a ballot, including nearly 7,000 votes by mail.

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