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To fulfill promises made to the citizens of Jacksonville throughout the decades prior to his time in office, Mayor Lenny Curry, in partnership with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority ("JTA"), is proposing to increase the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT). This would fund nearly $1 billion in infrastructure improvements and transportation enhancement projects to improve our roadways, fix drainage issues and create jobs throughout the City of Jacksonville.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Local Option Gas Tax or Local Option Fuel Tax?

The Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT), also known as the Local Option Fuel Tax, is authorized through Sections 206.87(1)(b), 206.87(1)(c), 336.021, and 336.025, Florida Statutes. This allows county governments to levy up to 12 cents of local option gas tax per gallon. Thirty-one (31) Florida counties, including Nassau and Clay, already exercise the option to charge the full amount ($0.12). The Florida Department of Revenue administers, collects, and enforces local option gas taxes.

Why a Gas Tax?

A Gas Tax shares the burden among ALL of those who use our roadways. This includes the estimated 96,000 out-of-county commuters who drive through Duval County every day and purchase gas throughout the Jacksonville area or off one of our 45 highway exits.

Unlike a property tax increase, Gas Tax dollars are mandated to be used for transportation investments and no other purpose. This creates continuity from administration to administration, and council to council, to ensure that these funds won’t be redirected somewhere else a few years from now.

Finally, by leveraging the gas tax like many other major Florida counties currently do, we can make significant progress on improvements to transportation and infrastructure needs throughout the community.

Why now?

Many Jacksonville neighborhoods have been waiting decades for City government to keep its promises to invest in their communities. Mayor Curry believes it’s time for government to keep its promises.

What is the proposal for Jacksonville City Council to consider?

The Jacksonville City Council will consider:

  1. A 10-year extension of the current $0.06 LOGT plus an additional six pennies of LOGT which will result in infrastructure and transportation projects for the City of Jacksonville, which will benefit the entire the City of Jacksonville.
  2. Approval of the Joint Project List from the Mayor’s Office and the JTA.
  3. By redirecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure projects to a dedicated funding source of local option gas tax monies, this frees up a significant amount in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for septic tank phase out and other city-wide projects to be funded by the City’s general fund, compounding the economic and community impacts for Jacksonville. Click here (or see below) for the Mayor’s proposal of additional projects that could be funded in addition to the infrastructure and transportation projects

Who is impacted by an expansion of the LOGT?

The LOGT impacts anyone purchasing motor fuel in Duval County, including residents, tourists and anyone passing through the county on their way to other destinations. Put simply: if you use our roadways, you will help fund their improvements.

On average, there are 519,000 commuters per day in the Jacksonville area. Close to 100 thousand commuters through Jacksonville do not reside in Duval County but use our roadways daily.

How will funds from the Gas Tax be used throughout Duval County?

Funds collected through the LOGT can only be used for “transportation expenditures” pursuant to Section 336.025(1), Florida Statutes.

According to those rules, “transportation expenditures” are defined as the following:

  1. Public transportation operations and maintenance.
  2. Roadway and right-of-way maintenance and equipment and structures used primarily for the storage and maintenance of such equipment.
  3. Roadway and right-of-way drainage.
  4. Street lighting installation, operation, maintenance, and repair.
  5. Traffic signs, traffic engineering, signalization, and pavement markings, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair.
  6. Bridge maintenance and operation.
  7. Debt service and current expenditures for transportation capital projects in the foregoing program areas, including construction or reconstruction of roads and sidewalks.

What is the LOGT in other Florida Counties?

As of February 2021, 31 of 67 Florida counties assess the full $0.12 per gallon. Clay and Nassau are at $0.12 per gallon. Duval County is only 1 of 12 Florida counties that assess the minimum of $0.06 per gallon. See a map of local gas taxes county-by-county.

Alachua 12¢
Baker 7¢
Bay 7¢
Bradford 12¢
Brevard 6¢
Broward 12¢
Calhoun 6¢
Charlotte 12¢
Citrus 12¢
Clay 12¢
Collier 12¢
Columbia 7¢
DeSoto 12¢
Dixie 6¢
Duval 6¢
Escambia 11¢
Flagler 7¢
Franklin 6¢
Gadsden 6¢
Gilchrist 7¢
Glades 7¢
Gulf 7¢
Hamilton 6¢
Hardee 12¢
Hendry 9¢
Hernando 12¢
Highlands 12¢
Hillsborough 7¢
Holmes 7¢
Indian River 6¢
Jackson 7¢
Jefferson 12¢
Lafayette 6¢
Lake 7¢
Lee 12¢
Leon 12¢
Levy 11¢
Liberty 7¢
Madison 12¢
Manatee 12¢
Marion 12¢
Martin 12¢
Miami-Dade 10¢
Monroe 12¢
Nassau 12¢
Okaloosa 10¢
Okeechobee 12¢
Orange 6¢
Osceola 12¢
Palm Beach 12¢
Pasco 12¢
Pinellas 7¢
Polk 12¢
Putnam 12¢
St. Johns 6¢
St. Lucie 12¢
Santa Rosa 12¢
Sarasota 12¢
Seminole 7¢
Sumter 7¢
Suwannee 12¢
Taylor 6¢
Union 7¢
Volusia 12¢
Wakulla 7¢
Walton 7¢
Washington 7¢

How are LOGT revenues collected?

The Florida Department of Revenue collects LOGT revenue in the same manner as other gas taxes, pursuant to Chapter 206, Florida Statutes and, when received by the City, is credited to the Local Option Gas Trust Fund created by Section 111.515, Florida Statutes

What is the history of LOGT in Jacksonville and how long has that been in effect?

In 1983, the City of Jacksonville enacted a $0.06 LOGT for a five-year period through local Ordinance 83-499-179. In 1985, the Council extended the gas tax for an additional 10 years through Ordinance 85-793-824, effective September 1, 1986 and then for an additional 30-year period from 1996 through 2016 (Ordinance 91-819-411).

Until the year 2000, the City of Jacksonville utilized the full six cents to fund projects in accordance with State law. As part of the Better Jacksonville Plan (BJP), the City requested the JTA provide a ½ penny of its dedicated sales tax funding source in order to issue bonds for the projects in the BJP program. In exchange, the City provided the JTA the $0.06 of LOGT.

Most recently through Ordinance 2013-820-E, the City and the JTA extended the LOGT so the JTA could complete many unfinished BJP projects, along with additional roadway projects and other transportation projects. This LOGT extension became effective September 1, 2016 and continues through August 31, 2036.

Through the 2016 extension, the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority agreed to a 5-1 split of the $0.06, $0.05 going to the JTA and $0.01 going to the City of Jacksonville.

What projects were funded through the 2016 extension of the LOGT?

Through the 2016 LOGT extension, the JTA established the JTAMobilityWorks program. This set of road improvement and mobility corridor projects comprised of items unfinished by the Better Jacksonville Plan. Over the past six months, the JTA broke ground on the University Boulevard Turbo Roundabout, the Alta Drive and the McDuff Avenue Road Improvement projects. To view a complete list of current projects, and their construction status, visit the JTAMobilityWorks website.

What is the process for Jacksonville City Council to approve an expansion and increase of the LOGT?

Legislation will be introduced to the Jacksonville City Council in early April to consider the proposal. The bill will require 11 City Council votes to approve the measure. Visit the City Council webpage for the schedule of public meetings and the timeline for approval.

Why is now the best time to expand the LOGT?

The LOGT is a revenue source that is expected to decline over time, due to improving fuel economy standards and the increasing prevalence of electric vehicles. Its’ value in providing funding for these important projects is higher now than it will be in the future.

Improvement Projects

Click here to download the list of proposed projects.

Project Name Category District Estimated Cost
Merrill Rd and Townsend Blvd Intersection Improvements Roadway 1 $575,000
Mickler Road Widening Roadway 1 $330,000
Lone Star Road Extension (East of Mill Cove to Trednick Parkway) Roadway 1 $3,000,000
University Boulevard (Arlington Road to Arlington Expressway) Roadway 1 $7,062,000
University Boulevard/Merrill Road Corridor Roadway 1 $1,045,000
Traffic Signal Pulaski Rd and Howard Road Roadway 2 $600,000
Traffic Signal Airport Center Dr. and Gillespie Ave. Roadway 2 $700,000
New Berlin Rd (Cedar Point to Staratt/Pulaski Rd Int) Roadway 2 $40,000,000
Cedar Point/Saw Pit Road (Industrial ReBuild…New Berlin to Shark) Roadway 2 $17,500,000
Traffic Signals Hodges Blvd Intersection Roadway 3 $2,200,000
Traffic Signals San Pablo Parkway Roadway 3 $2,400,000
Belfort Road Widening (Touchton to JT Butler) Roadway 4 $7,200,000
Southside Boulevard‐ Southside Blvd/Belfort Road/JTB Trans lmp Roadway 4 $9,120,000
Palm Avenue Improvements Roadway 5 $1,500,000
Philips Highway Corridor Roadway 5 $4,301,000
Orange Picker / Brady Road Roadway 6 $4,700,000
Brooklyn Area Drainage and Safety Improvements (adding turn lane to scope for TIAA) Roadway 7 $1,000,000
Main Street Traffic Calming (1st Street to 12th Street) Roadway 7 $1,200,000
8th Street Roadway 5 $1,963,500
Dunn Avenue Corridor Roadway 7 $1,958,000
Lem Turner Road Corridor Roadway 7 $4,185,500
Moncrief Rd. and W. 20th St. Road Improvements Roadway 8 $350,000
Edgewood Avenue Corridor Roadway 8 $12,116,500
Edgewood Avenue Corridor Roadway 8 $12,116,500
Kings Road Corrido Roadway 8, 9 $3,542,000
5th Street Bridge Replacement Roadway 9 $750,000
McCoys Creek Rebuild & Raise Bridge ‐ Stockton Roadway 9 $1,500,000
McCoys Creek Rebuild & Raise Bridge ‐ King Roadway 9 $1,500,000
Lenox Avenue Roadway 9 $2,315,500
Soutel Drive Road Diet (Formally Road Diet) Roadway 9, 10 $6,644,500
Firestone Rd ‐ Wheat Rd Intersection Improvements Roadway 10 $1,000,000
Chaffee Road (Normandy Boulevard to Crystal Springs Road) Roadway 12 $30,200,000
2nd Avenue North Roadway Safety Improvements Roadway 13 $5,500,000
Penman Road Roadway 13 $20,000,000
St. Johns Ave. Traffic Calming Roadway 14 $250,000
Apache Ave Curb & Gutter Roadway 14 $375,000
Dancy Street Curb & Gutter Roadway 14 $310,000
Park Street/Blanding Boulevard Corridor Roadway 14 $3,212,000
Traffic Calming Roadway Countywide $900,000
Countywide Intersection Improvements & Bridge Rehab ‐ Intersections Roadway Countywide $8,500,000
Roadway Resurfacing Roadway Counytwide $102,000,00
Countywide Intersection Improvements & Bridge Rehab ‐ Bridges Roadway Countywide $18,000,000
Traffic Signalization ‐ Countywide Roadway Countywide $3,100,000
Traffic Signalization ‐ Enhancements Roadway Countywide $480,000
Traffic Signalization ‐ Fiber Optic Roadway Countywide $1,500,000
Pavement Markings Roadway Countywide $5,500,000
Roadway Sign Stripe and Signal Roadway Countywide $7,900,000
Railroad Crossings Roadway Countywide $2,825,000
CRISI Grant (CSX/FEC/FDOT/JTA) Grant Match Roadway Countywide $1,000,000
Dunn / Caney (Sapp Road Wet Detention) Drainage 2 $4,065,661
Arlington/Pottsburg (Beach & Southside) Pond Drainage 4 $5,681,00
Arlington/Pottsburg (Bowden & Belfort) Pond Drainage 4 $1,930,850
LaSalle Street Pump Station Drainage 5 $35,200,000
Flynn Road Drainage Improvement Drainage 6 $200,000
Silver Street Drainage Improvements Drainage 7 $1,500,000
Duval Road (Wet Detention Pond) Drainage 7 $9,530,000
Wills Branch Dredge Drainage 12 $2,700,000
Willowbranch Bulkhead Replacement Drainage 14 $7,300,000
Mallory Street Drainage Improvement Drainage 14 $320,000
Venetia Drainage Improvements Drainage 14 $1,400,000
Underdrain Replacements Drainage Countywide $3,500,000
Major Outfall Ditch Restoration/Cleaning Drainage Countywide $15,000,000
Drainage System Rehabilitation ‐ Capital Improvements Drainage Countywide $12,000,000
Drainage System Rehabilitation ‐ Capital Maintenance Drainage Countywide $28,000,000
Stormwater Pump Stations ‐ Capital Maintenance Drainage Countywide $900,000
New Ferry Boat Transit 2,13 $16,186,500
Skyway Conversion to the U2C (Ultimate Urban Circulator) & Service Expansion ‐ Neighborhood Extensions Transit 4, 5, 7 $131,890,000
Skyway Rehabilitation & Downtown Service Expansion ‐ Fleet Transit 4, 5, 7 $6,875,000
JRTC Rail Terminal Project Development Transit 7 $3,360,500
Northwest Jacksonville Corridor Improvements Transit 7, 8, 9, 10 $13,876,500
Countywide Transit Enhancements Improvements Transit Countywide $34,710,500
Skyway Conversion to the U2C (Ultimate Urban Circulator) ‐ Capital (Infrastructure, Systems) Transit Countywide $240,075,000

Research

UNF Economic Impact Study of Jobs for Jax Projects

The following Economic Impact Study of the Local Option Gas Tax Projects was prepared by Chung-Ping (Albert) Loh, PhD, Professor of Economics and the Director of the Local Economic Indicator Project at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. The purpose of this study is to assess the economic impact of 72 infrastructure and transportation projects on the Joint Project List from the Mayor’s Office and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. The projects, proposed to be funded by the Local Option Gas Tax, can generate substantial economic benefits in output and employment for the Jacksonville area. The study measures the economic impact of each project in the forms of employment and output for Jacksonville MSA. The estimates provide useful information for cost-benefit analyses of the projects. According to the research, the Jobs for Jax program could create as many as 7,640 jobs and have an economic impact of approximately $1.6 billion. For more information, please read the full study linked below.

Download the UNF Economic Impact Study


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