WCSB Approves Half Cent Sales Tax

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WASHINGTON COUNTY Washington County School Board members have agreed they want a half cent sales tax to make technology upgrades.

Last night's vote sends the proposal to the Washington County Commission, asking commissioners to put the issue on the November general election ballot.

School officials say the tax will raise about 800 thousand dollars a year.

The money will provide new computers and electronic text books for students.

Board members say they now need to convince voters the money is necessary.

"With the open houses coming up, within the next couple of days, the school will hit everyone one of those," said Superintendent Joe Taylor. "The orientations, any of the gatherings that are there. I would think if we can get the word out and our need for it, I'm pretty positive."

If it passes, the new tax would go into effect January 1st and would last for 10 years.