Palm Beach County voters to decide on 1-cent tax hike

Posted at 12:02 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 20:17:26-05

Voters in Palm Beach County will decide on a 1-cent tax increase on Election Day.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa says he's optimistic that the measure will pass to help fund local schools.

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He and his team have been busy educating the public about the question on the ballot.

If approved, the schools would get 50 percent of the revenue collected, 30 percent would go to county infrastructure projects and 20 percent would go to city projects.

Fifty-percent plus one is needed for the sales tax increase to pass.

Avossa said Tuesday although he's optimistic, he's staying realistic, "If it doesn’t pass, then we’re going to be really struggling."

"We are not a tax authority agency, we cannot increase taxes. Our taxes are sent to Tallahassee, and the redistributed across the state. So, we really don’t have a plan B so we’re going to have to continue to duct tape and super glue some of the issues we’ve had at our buildings.”

If it passes, the tax increase would take effect Jan. 1, 2017.