New Tax Possibly Coming to Washington County

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WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington County may soon join others in passing an additional sales tax. The money would go to help pay for school facility upgrades. It will be up to voters to approve the school board's recommendation.

Washington District School Officials are the latest in or area to consider a half cent sales tax to convert their classrooms to digital technology.

"I think it's good for the kids, it'll be good for the kids cause they need advancement up here," said parent Heather Cox.

Superintendent Joe Taylor suggested the half cent sales tax during Thursday’s school board meeting.

The district currently doesn't have the funds to make the digital transition, or to build and maintain school buildings.

"It's just to bring the schools up,” said Taylor. “What the state wants on the issue of bring your own device. One device, one person."

The school district will present their plans to the school board at the July 14th school board meeting. Taylor says that if this tax pass, they can expect to see around $750,000in revenue.

But it may take some convincing.

"The board is not interested in, is just something simply cold. 'Just give us this money.' And what the board wants to do before they go forward, they need see a plan."

If board members agree, Washington County commissioners would have to add the issue to the November general elections ballot.
Then it will be up to the voters.

"It could hurt, maybe a few people but not a whole lot,” said Howard Baxter. “I don't think. I think it'd be a good idea for the vote for that."

"I don't see anything wrong with it. I don't have a problem paying it, especially if its gonna benefit the children. Single moms, and the parents with children in school, we will all vote on it," said Cox.

If approved, the county would begin collecting the half cent sales tax on January 1st, 2015, and would sunset it in 2025.