Clay County School Board vote on half-cent sales tax plan for improving schools scheduled tonight

You could soon decide on a new half-cent sales tax in Clay County.

Tonight, the Clay County School Board is scheduled to vote on a plan to ask for a referendum on a half-cent sales tax to help improve and build new schools across the county. WOKV is updating you on a story we brought you last week. The district says they need the tax to deal with more than $318 million in needed improvements and another $300 million for up to seven new schools to deal with expected growth in the county. The district says the tax is expected to generate more than $403 million over the next 30 years to help with those costs. The district says the tax would go towards projects like renovating schools' facilities, building new ones and making safety and security improvements among other things and there would be a citizen advisory committee to advise the school board how the money generated is spent.

The school board says they want the special election before the end of this year and they plan to pay for it. If approved tonight, the school board would then request the Board of County Commissioners to call for a referendum.

The school board meeting is scheduled to start at 6 tonight at Fleming Island High School.

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