Half-penny sales tax extended to raise $2 billion for Fla. county's schools

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Orange County voters on Tuesday agreed to pay for 10 more years of school construction and renovation, continuing a half-penny sales tax that has been in place for more than a decade.

Voters also cast ballots in School Board races across Central Florida, and in Orange County, incumbent Joie Cadle led teacher Joshua Katz by fewer than 100 votes.

With all precincts reporting, 64 percent of voters supported extending the sales tax, which first passed in 2002. The $2 billion it is expected to raise will be used to replace or refurbish 59 schools and upgrade technology.

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