School board to seek half cent tax

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

CHIPLEY - The Washington County School Board is expected to ask the Board of County Commissioners to place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to approve a half cent sales tax.

The tax, which will be proposed to last ten years, is expected to generate between $750,000 to $800,000 annually and would be used for technology upgrades, such as broadband and computer replacement and capital outlay projects, such as expanding outside cafeteria areas and covering walkways from parent drop-offs to school offices.

"The way this all played out was not part of a master plan," said Superintendent of Schools Joseph Taylor. "If we're going to have 21st century schools, we simply have to keep up with technology so these students can be best prepared to enter college and the workforce."

School board members will discuss the issue in their July meeting and again in a workshop before officially approving the proposal for submission to commissioners.

From there, commissioners would have to agree to place the referendum on the ballot for November's General Election.

The Washington County School Board will meet again in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14.

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