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Martin County voters approve half-cent sales tax increase for schools

Posted: 6:37 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 13:09:15Z

Starting Jan. 1, if you shop in Martin County, you will pay an extra half-cent in sales tax per dollar, which will help fund the school district.

Martin County voters approved the tax increase 57 percent to 43 percent.

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The Martin County School District board chair released a statement that says it part, “It is encouraging to know voters understand the importance of public eduction and appreciate the Martin County School District.”

That half-cent sales tax will help pay for school renovations and upgrades and security improvements.

It will bring in an estimated $16 million a year for seven years before it expires.

Two major projects on the list include replacing Jensen Beach Elementary and Palm City Elementary Schools.

This is an addition to a property tax increase voters approved back in August to fund school operations.

This will bring the sales tax rate to 6.5 percent in Martin County.

The district estimates a family of four with a $50,000 income will spend an additional $64 a year.

RELATED LINK:  https://ourdollars.martinschools.org