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.
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.
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