PBC could push sales tax vote to May 3

Palm Beach County could push a public hearing on a proposed sales tax hike to May 3, two weeks later than commissioners had expected to take up the issue.

Cities would get a portion of the $2.7 billion over 10 years the tax increase is expected to generate. Because the money would also be shared with the Palm Beach County School District, elected officials representing a majority of city residents would have to approve the split.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker said that threshold will be reached if West Palm Beach approves the plan tonight and if Wellington backs it on Tuesday. In that scenario, Baker said it is possible initial plans for an April 19 public hearing on the sales tax could go forward.

But if either of those cities reject the plan, more time would be needed to reach the 50 percent plus one threshold that would clear the way for a public hearing. Delray Beach is expected to consider the plan on April 19, with Riviera Beach taking it up on April 20.

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