Baker updates Black Chamber of Commerce on sales tax plans

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker updated the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County Friday on plans to raise the 6-cent sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

About 60 black business owners and officials were on hand at the Salvation Army’s Northwest Community Center in West Palm Beach as Baker detailed on how money from the tax increase – about $2.7 billion over 10 years – would be spent.

Nearly all of the money would be used to upgrade roads, bridges, schools and county buildings. About $121 million would be directed to brick-and-mortar projects at cultural institutions like museums and theaters, and another $40 million would be set aside as an economic development fund.

Some of those in attendance wanted to know how their businesses could bid for some of the work that would be undertaken if the sales tax is approved by voters this fall.

The County Commission has voted to move forward with a plan to increase the sales tax in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School Board. A public hearing on the plan is expected to be held on April 19 at the Weisman Governmental Center at 301 N. Olive Avenue.

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