WCSB moves forward with sales tax

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 03:01 PM.

CHIPLEY - The Washington County School Board gave Superintendent Joseph Taylor the green light to draft a resolution to place the half-cent sales tax on the November ballot during their August 11 meeting. Taylor will work on the resolution with County Attorney Jeff Goodman, and it will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for their approval when they meet in regular session August 28.

If placed on the ballot, the referendum would require a majority approval from voters. If passed, the levy would begin in January and last for a period of ten years.

The tax is expected to generate about $1,281,546 in revenue and will be used to fund capital outlay and technology projects.

Board members also heard from Perry McCall Construction regarding the building of the new facilities at Vernon Elementary School. The firm reported the project is complete and finished both on time and on budget.

The board also discussed the Kate M. Smith Elementary School project, with Greg Kelly of CRA Architects stating the firm hopes to see "dirt moving" on the site sometime in October or November.

"We're down to the nuts and bolts (of pre-planning) and have DEP permits in hand," said Kelly. "We will be here each month with updates."

Seven firms have submitted application to serve as construction manager for the project, and the board will begin interviews next month.

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