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Friday, June 11, 2021

Ocala approves $1 million from ‘Penny Sales Tax’ for OPD Communications Center

The City of Ocala approved a $1 million expansion of the Ocala Police Department Communications Center using funds from the Penny Sales Tax.

The approval of the funds came during the June 1 meeting of the Ocala City Council.

According to city records, OPD needs to expand its Communication Center to make room for additional staff needed to adequately cover shifts.

The expansion will double the number of consoles in the center from ten to twenty, and will provide room for back-up stations for disaster preparedness and additional personnel.

The city will use $1,057,794 of the Infrastructure Surtax Revenue (120-099-999-521-81-99999), or more commonly known as the Penny Sales Tax, which was approved by Marion County voters in 2016 and renewed in 2020.