The CIT funds capital improvement projects throughout Hillsborough County

The Community Investment Tax (CIT) is a half-percent sales tax that was approved by Hillsborough County voters in September 1996 for a period of 30 years. It expires November 30, 2026.

The sales tax was established to fund capital improvement projects and capital equipment in Hillsborough County and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace. Capital improvement projects include construction as well as renovation, replacement, and expansion projects of existing facilities or assets, often referred to as infrastructure. Capital equipment is typically large equipment such as fire rescue and police vehicles.

CIT in action

Over the past 28 years since the tax was approved by the voters, it has provided about $2.3 billion to fund or partially fund 757 capital improvement projects. These include:

  • 17 fire station projects
  • 115 road projects
  • 258 parks and recreation projects
  • 27 law enforcement and courts projects
  • 68 intersection projects
  • 32 bridge projects
  • 126 stormwater projects
  • 42 public utilities projects
  • 13 sidewalk projects
  • six new or expanded libraries
  • 41 government facilities projects
  • 12 arts and culture projects

The CIT also made possible the construction of Raymond James Stadium, a facility owned by Hillsborough County.  

Funds distribution 

The Hillsborough County School Board receives 25% of CIT revenue, and the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages the stadium for the County, receives about $9 million annually for stadium debt service. The remaining revenue is distributed to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the three cities per the population-based State-Shared Half-Cent Sales Tax Formula. In 2024, the BOCC received 74.4% of the remaining revenue, while Tampa received 21.9%; Plant City received 2.2%; and Temple Terrace received 1.5%.  

CIT Funds Distribution Chart
CIT Funds Distribution Chart

A brief history

In the early 1990s, local governments faced a backlog of unfunded capital projects that were needed to support the community’s rapid growth. Unincorporated Hillsborough County alone had nearly $1 billion in unfunded capital needs. A CIT proposal was jointly developed to divide a new half-percent sales tax among Hillsborough County, the cities, and the school district. The proposal detailed what taxpayers would get for their money, including transportation, parks, schools, water, wastewater and reclaimed water projects, and law enforcement and fire rescue equipment and facilities.  

For added transparency, local governments presented voters a list of projects that would be covered by the CIT in its first five years.  

The 1996 CIT ballot referendum passed with 53% of the vote. The ballot language read: “Shall Hillsborough County levy a half-cent sales tax for thirty years to be shared with the municipalities and the School Board to finance infrastructure for jails, police and Sheriff's equipment, fire stations, emergency vehicles, school construction, a community stadium, transportation improvements, libraries, parks, trails, stormwater improvements and public facilities.” 


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