PBC votes for sales tax plan without money for cultural projects

Palm Beach County commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday to move forward with a sales tax plan that does not include money for cultural projects or economic development incentives.

Because cities and the Palm Beach County School Board had voted for a previous plan – one where cultural projects and economic development incentives would get a combined $161 million of the $2.7 billion the tax would generate over 10 years – those entities will have to hold new votes.

Funding for cultural projects had drawn opposition from some county residents and commissioners who saw them as less essential than repairs to roads, bridges, schools and county buildings. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay suggested a plan that did not include cultural projects or economic incentives.

Commissioners Hal Valeche and Shelley Vana voted against the new plan.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more on this story.

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Commissioner Melissa McKinlay

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