School construction tax effort gears up in Orange (Fla.)

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The campaign to convince Orange County voters to extend a half-penny sales tax for school construction has begun.

Dozens of business leaders have heard a pitch to support the renewal, and names are being added to a steering committee.

Leading the effort is Dick Batchelor, who helped pass the initial tax in 2002 that has brought in about $1.5 billion and is expected to cover the renovation or replacement of close to 100 schools.

After some reservations about how the district was spending construction money in the years since, Batchelor said he is back on board, impressed by the work of John Morris, the schools' facilities director since 2011.

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