Baker tells commissioners cities are backing sales tax plan

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker told county commissioners that cities are approving a plan to raise the 6-cent sales tax by a penny on the dollar to raise money for roads, bridges, schools and county buildings.

The sales tax increase would generate $2.7 billion over the next decade. Cities are entitled to some of that money. Because the Palm Beach County School District will also get some of that money, elected officials representing a majority of city residents were required to approve the split.

Baker said Tuesday that elected officials representing about 60 percent of city residents have approved the plan, which will be on the county’s May 3 meeting agenda.

If commissioners vote to move forward at the May 3 meeting, a second meeting will be held on May 17. Approval at that meeting means the plan will be placed on the ballot in November.

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