Action Alert: Voters’ Coalition of Palm Beach County to host debate on 1% Sales Tax Increase

This blog entry was posted in the Sun-Sentinel and appeared in Sunday’s paper:

Voters Coalition hosting sales tax increase debate

> Posted by Andy Reid on April 29, 2010 06:20 PM


The Palm Beach County Voters’ Coalition on May 6 plans to host a debate over the proposed 1 percent sales tax increase to help pay for fire-rescue costs.

The Palm Beach County commission is considering allowing voters in August to decide whether to approve a “tax swap” – which calls for a 1 percent increase in the sales taxes with the money raised being used to reduce the property taxes normally designated for firefighting.

If approved, sales taxes would go up in January.

The Economic Council and firefighters union are scheduled to discuss the proposed sales tax increase at the May 6 Voters Coalition meeting.

Business leaders have raised concerns about increasing the sales tax. Firefighters support the move as a way to potentially lower property taxes and diversify fire-rescue revenue sources.

The debate begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the South County Civic Center, located at 16700 Jog Road in Delray Beach.

The Voters’ Coalition meeting on May 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the South County Civic Center is open to the public. No reservations nor tickets are required.

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