The Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board reaffirmed its opposition to a sales tax plan county commissioners are expected to debate Tuesday.
The county and School Board are considering a joint plan that would increase the sales tax by a penny on the dollar and generate $2.7 billion over 10 years for upgrades to roads, bridges, schools and county buildings. About $121 million of that money would be directed to cultural projects.
If approved by commissioners, the plan would be placed on the ballot this fall.
TAB initially announced its opposition in February. The group sent another email to its supporters today reminding them of its opposition to the plan.
“We think this is a bad direction for the county, but there is enough muscle behind the proposal, that keeping it off the ballot would seem unlikely at this point,” wrote TAB’s Fred Scheibl.
In addition to TAB’s opposition, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, an influential group of business leaders, said it backs a different plan than the one that will be presented to commissioners.
The Economic Council says it supports the general idea of a sales tax increase, but, instead of directing $121 million to cultural projects, it wants a $312 million fund set aside for economic development initiatives. Those initiatives could include cultural projects, but the fund would not be limited to them.
Economic Council President Daniel Martell laid out the group’s stand on the sales tax plan in an email to commissioners. He objected to how The Palm Beach Post described the council’s position in a story posted on the newspaper’s web site on Friday.
The Economic Council is asking commissioners to delay a final decision on whether to pursue a sales tax increase.
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