Florida Voters Increase Sales Tax
- Nov 5, 2015 | Gail Cole
St. Johns County, Florida, is home to historical St. Augustine and more than 40 miles of coastline. It’s close to Jacksonville and just the right distance from Daytona Beach. But that’s not the main reason people are flocking to the area like seabirds. They’re moving so their children can benefit from the area’s great schools.
That means more schools are needed. In the last decade, the district built 11 new schools to help absorb an additional 10, 473 students. In the next decade, almost 16,000 new students are expected and as many as 20 new schools may have to be built. In short, more revenue is needed.
And it will be had. More than 60% of St. Johns County voters on November 3, 2015, approved a half-cent sales tax increase in order to raise funds to build more schools. The rate increase will take effect January 1, 2016.
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