Voters approved a non-binding referendum to renew a Collier County land acquisition program after a historic voter turnout in Southwest Florida that saw 91 percent of registered Democrats voting.
The Conservation Collier program got support from 77 percent or 151,000 voters, according to unofficial results counted Tuesday night.
The vote result — which county commissioners still must approve or deny — would allow the county program to collect a 0.25 mill property tax increase for 10 years to restart land acquisitions. For homeowners that means they would pay 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or $75 a year for a $300,000 home, according to the Naples Daily News.
Conservation Collier first began in 2003 after nearly 60 percent of Collier voters backed it on the 2002 ballot.