Palm Beach County Commissioners OK sales tax wording

palm-beach-county-logoPalm Beach County commissioners have approved the wording of a proposed 1-cent sales tax add-on that will go to voters on the Nov. 8 ballot if cities also approve.

The vote was 5-2; Hal Valeche and Steven Abrams, who have opposed the surtax, were the “no” votes.

On May 10, county commissioners and their Palm Beach County School Board counterparts agreed to a revised revenue-sharing proposal that would allow the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax hike to sunset earlier than 10 years if it generates $2.7 billion in a shorter time frame.

Commissioners also accepted the school board’s request that it be allowed to rescind its support for the plan if the county does not give it final approval by June 7 — that’s what the commission did Tuesday — and if cities don’t follow suit by June 10. Wording must be approved by municipalities accounting for at least half of the cities’ total population.

Because such county decisions require two votes, Tuesday’s agenda item essentially ratifies the May 10 deal with the school board.

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