With about 1,800 new students each year, the Lee County School District is in need of more schools. More schools mean more money.
Increase the sale tax from 6% to 6.5%. The District is pushing for a special election to be held to vote on the matter. The election will cost over $800,000.
It insists that capital expenditure will be a small investment if it can get the extra $58 million a year to fund the schools.
The reasoning behind increasing sales tax instead of, say property tax? You can also tax the tourists, which contribute about 30% of our sales taxes.
The School District plans to meet Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. to discuss the referendum for the half-cent sales tax. If it votes yes, come May 15 (the proposed date of the special election) it will be up to us the voters to make the final decision.