Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns School Board Likely to Vote on Tax Plan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

St. Johns School Board Likely to Vote on Tax Plan

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Byline: Sheldon Gardner

The St. Johns County School Board is expected to vote Tuesday night on whether to put a 10-year, half-cent sales tax increase on the ballot in November.

The details of the possible tax are spelled out in a resolution draft that was finished on Monday afternoon.

Among other items in the draft, it requires the School Board to appoint a citizen advisory committee to monitor and advise the board on spending sales tax revenue. The ballot language also provides for a list of critical projects before the November vote.

Tim Forson, deputy superintendent for operations, said officials are working on the list along with the budget process for the next school year.

The funds could be "used exclusively for new construction, reconstruction and improvement of school facilities, including safety and security improvements and technology upgrades," according to ballot language.

If passed, the resolution will go to the St. …

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