Pinellas County currently collects 7 cents in Local Option Fuel Tax (LOFT) for every gallon of fuel sold throughout the County. This includes gasoline, diesel fuel, alternative fuels and aviation fuel. Revenue from six of the cents is shared 60/40 percent with our cities. That revenue sharing formula would apply to any new LOFT revenue. Revenue from the additional cent, known as the Ninth Cent, is dedicated to our Advanced Traffic Management System/Intelligent Traffic System, which benefits all drivers.
State and local fuel taxes support the County’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The TTF pays for services that keep our citizens and visitors safe. County and city crews repair potholes, replace sidewalk panels, maintain bridges, and mow and trim plants and trees to keep sightlines clear and provide clearance for school buses and other tall vehicles. And both the County and cities get to decide how the money is spent within state guidelines.