UPDATE: Tax Collector service restored after outage affected license, registration services

UPDATE: Service has been restored at all locations, the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office has confirmed.

EARLIER STORY:

The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office said Tuesday it was experiencing a temporary outage, affecting several of its services.

TaxCollectorLogoVehicle titles, registrations and driver licenses are the primary services affected at this time.

The Tax Collector’s Office said in-office wait times and transaction processing will be longer than usual until services are restored.

Check back for updates.

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

Poll: Should Palm Beach County raise sales tax rate to pay for fire rescue services?

(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
(Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County is considering raising the sales tax rate by a penny per dollar to help pay for fire rescue services — and the plan is facing some opposition.

Earlier this week, the Palm Beach Post reported that the county’s Fire Rescue department is one of three government agencies proposing two sales tax referendums that, if passed, would bump the county’s sales-tax rate from 6 percent to 8 percent — the highest in Florida.

One group supporting the increase says even a one-penny jump would raise more than $200 million a year for Fire Rescue, while cutting the burden on property owners.

We want to know what you think. Vote in our poll below.

Read more on the proposed referendum.