Required Audit OK’s Volusia To Hold Sales Tax Election

By on March 18, 2019 in WNDB News

DeLand, FL – A state-required audit gives Volusia County the legal means it needs to move forward with a special election this May which could raise the county’s sales tax a half-cent to pay for road and water improvements.

The county released all 131 pages of that report – created by Houston-based audit firm McConnell & Jones LLP – today (March 18th) on its website.

In a letter dated Friday to the Volusia County Council, Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald says some changes will be made based on the audit.

“The County clearly demonstrated to the auditors that it has both the expertise and resources to manage and complete the infrastructure roads, sidewalks, bridges, water quality, stormwater and flood control projects that would be supported by the tax,” Recktenwald wrote.

This comes as the county and its 16 city governments continue to hold public meetings discussing the proposed increase ahead of the mail-in election.

The results of the special election are expected to be released May 21 by the Volusia Supervisor of Elections.

The VCC could discuss the audit when it meets tomorrow (March 19th) for its regularly scheduled meeting. What is on the agenda for that meeting is County Attorney Dan Eckert’s request to continue fighting Amendment 10 in court as well as the possible creation of a county-wide animal abuse registry.

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