TAXING: PBC Schools May Seek Sales Tax Increase
Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Palm Beach County Schools) — Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D., will begin exploring a partnership with Palm Beach County, municipalities and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to seek a sales tax that will fund critical infrastructure improvements and support important cultural institutions throughout the county.
Board members asked Dr. Avossa to bring forward his recommendation for their consideration at their Feb. 17 meeting, with the goal of partnering with Palm Beach County and other agencies on the proposed sales tax. A sales tax proposal could be presented to voters on either the August or November 2016 ballots.
“We must do what’s best for our students, which is why it is important for us to explore working with our county, cultural and civic leaders on this sales tax proposal,” Dr. Avossa said. “We win and lose as a community.”
The recent economic recession resulted in an $865 million loss in revenue for the School District’s capital budget, which funds construction projects, technology infrastructure and major purchases such as buses and computers.
If approved by Palm Beach County voters, money from a sales tax referendum would allow the School District to make much-needed capital improvements to its school buildings and overhaul school technology.