Punta Gorda prioritizes new public safety projects

Author: Nancy Semon, Gulfshore Business
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During an April 17 discussion of Punta Gorda’s capital improvement projects for fiscal year 2025, City Council members made public safety projects a priority. 

A new public safety building is needed due to the county’s population growth, and the city’s police and fire departments are outgrowing their present building at 1410 Tamiami Trail. 

Voters approved a referendum for a 1% sales tax option with funding that runs until the last three months of 2026. The proposed fiscal year 2025 budget shows a 1% sales tax revenue of $4,438,913. 

A committee was formed after the sales tax option was approved, and members suggested where the money should be spent, with the city making the final decision.  

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