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By Al Everson
posted Feb 6, 2014 - 10:17:13am
Well before Volusia County's extra half-cent sales tax for public education is due to expire, the School Board will ask voters to renew it.
The local-option sales tax, which a majority of Volusia County voters endorsed in 2001, will sunset at the end of 2016, unless the board can muster enough support at the polls to keep the tax in effect.
The tax — a half-cent on every dollar of taxable goods sold in county — provides revenue to build new schools and make capital improvements in existing schools. Extending the tax would fund $480 million in capital outlays.
The School Board has tentatively decided to put the tax referendum on the Aug. 26 primary ballot. A consensus in favor of the late-summer vote came during a Jan. 30 workshop. "We want this to pass, and this may be better shot on the primary ballot," School Board Chairwoman Candace Lankford said.
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