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Frequesntly Asked Questions

FAQ's

Why Incorporation?

According to our survey results – 89.6% of SK Residents do not feel represented and 94.9% are interested in incorporating the island. The same survey confirmed the community’s biggest concerns are overdevelopment, traffic, and pedestrian safety.

Siesta Key is a small fraction of the 440,000 residents of Sarasota County, yet we are a major income source for the county. As a community, we have stood up to voice our opposition to decisions being made at the county level and we have not been heard. We have filled Commission meetings as well as inboxes to express our desires for our community with zero results. It is time for the Siesta Key Community to have our own voice.

How much will incorporation cost property owners?

The .25 mill ad valorem tax for a property owner in the proposed Town, with the average property value of $440.602 (don’t forget all those condominiums) and a $50,000 homestead exemption, would be $97.95 per year.

What will happen with our current services ?

The new town will enter into new intergovernmental agreements with Sarasota County or negotiate new service contracts with private providers. These services include mosquito control, water, garbage and recycling, stormwater, and others. Please refer to the feasibility study for a more detailed list.

The greatest cost for most municipalities is police service. Currently, the Sarasota County Sheriff provides these services and will continue to provide services for the new town. We received a letter from the Sheriff on August 11, 2021, that stated “…the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide law enforcement services to the incorporated area at current levels of service.” We would not expect an increase in costs unless the community demands an increase over current services.

What about all this development? 

We support the Siesta Key Coalition who is currently fighting the proposed hotels that will significantly change the vibe of our island. We may not be able to stop what has already been approved, but with incorporation, we will have more control on future proposals.  . 

What will happen with zoning and code enforcement?

Currently Sarasota County provides building inspections, planning, zoning, and code enforcement services. The intention is to continue these services at the current rate until the town adopts a comprehensive plan Once a new plan is completed the town will assume control of planning, reviewing, zoning and code enforcement functions. Within 2 years of formation, a new town is required to develop a comprehensive The Siesta Key Overlay District will be  a great starting point for our newly elected officials. 

Will the whole island be incorporated?

Save Siesta Key is focused on the unincorporated portion of the Island. We are aware that the small area on the North end of the Siesta Key that sits within the City of Sarasota has interest in joining the Town once incorporated. It is critical to our success that we stay focused on the unincorporated area.

Isn’t this another layer of government?

The people of Siesta Key will elect government officials who are residents of the Island. With our own town, you will be heard by decision makers who live right here in our neighborhoods; people who understand the challenges our community faces. We hope to see committees of residents and business owners working hand in hand with the elected leadership to take on the issues that affect us and to ensure that our island vibe remains.

How does the incorporation proposal weigh against other municipalities of like kind?

Millage and Total Taxable Property Value for Selected FL Municipalities
(Total Taxable Value = Market Value minus Assessment Reductions and Exemptions)

Total Taxable
Town/City                    County                      Millage Year Property Value Year 

Siesta Key (proposed) 

Sarasota 

0.2500 2022 

$5,774,102,594 2021 

Estero 

Lee 

0.7726 2019 

$6,913,761,445 2020 

Bonita Springs 

Lee 

0.8173 2019 

$11,788,144,518 2020 

Ft. Myers Beach 

Lee 

0.9500 2019 

$3,716,753,191 2020 

Naples 

Collier 

1.1500 2021 

$26,906,819,836 2021 

Marco Island 

Collier 

1.7088 2021 

$11,848,619,361 2021 

Sanibel 

Lee 

1.8922 2019 

$5,417,871,020 2020 

Anna Maria 

Manatee 

2.0500 2019 

$1,200,147,787 2019 

Longboat 

Sarasota/Manatee 

2.1144 2021 

$6,472,621,158 2021 

Sarasota 

Sarasota 

3.1372 2021 

$12,456,717,891 2021 

Venice 

Sarasota 

3.7000 2019 

$4,843,152,349 2021 

North Port 

Sarasota 

3.8735 2019 

$5,772,979,693 2021 

Ft. Myers 

Lee 

8.2500 2019 

$7,792,082,870 2020 

Millage, Total Taxable Property Value, and Tax Revenue for Selected FL Municipalities 

(Total Taxable Value = Market Value minus Assessment Reductions and Exemptions)

 (* indicates the municipality pays for their own police department)

Total Taxable
Town/City                     County                    Millage Year Property Value Year Tax Revenue 

Siesta Key (proposed) 

Sarasota 

0.2500 2022 

$5,774,102,594 2021 

1,443,526 

Estero 

Lee 

0.7726 2019 

$6,913,761,445 2020 

5,341,572 

Bonita Springs 

Lee 

0.8173 2019 

$11,788,144,518 2020 

9,634,451 

Ft. Myers Beach 

Lee 

0.9500 2019 

$3,716,753,191 2020 

3,530,916 

Naples 

Collier 

1.1500 2021 

$26,906,819,836 2021 

30,942,843 

Marco Island 

Collier 

1.7088 2021 

$11,848,619,361 2021 

20,246,921 

Sanibel 

Lee 

1.8922 2019 

$5,417,871,020 2020 

10,251,696 

Anna Maria 

Manatee 

2.0500 2019 

$1,200,147,787 2019 

2,460,303 

Longboat 

Sarasota/Manatee 

2.1144 2021 

$6,472,621,158 2021 

13,685,710 

Sarasota 

Sarasota 

3.1372 2021 

$12,456,717,891 2021 

39,079,215 

Venice 

Sarasota 

3.7000 2019 

$4,843,152,349 2021 

17,919,664 

North Port 

Sarasota 

3.8735 2019 

$5,772,979,693 2021 

22,361,637 

Ft. Myers 

Lee 

8.2500 2019 

$7,792,082,870 2020 

64,284,684 


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