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School district releases list of projects planned under proposed tax increase

Posted at 1:33 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 18:47:19-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- As county votes plan to decide whether to levy a half-cent sales tax to benefit Lee County schools next month, the school district is laying out exactly how they plan to implement the revenue.

The School District of Lee County has added a section to their website that details plans for all 79 traditional schools and 17 special centers if the referendum passes.

The project lists can be found on the School District website at  Copies will also be sent home with elementary students and in the report cards of middle and high school students.  Every school will also have copies in their main office.

According to the District, the referendum was placed on the November ballot by the School Board because of a $478 million shortfall in the District’s capital budget. 

It is estimated the half-cent investment will cost the average family of four earning $50,000 a year just $64.  Food and medicine are exempt and large purchases are capped at the first $5,000 so the maximum added tax is $25.  It’s also estimated tourists will contribute about 30% of the revenue raised.