Tampa, Fla.-(Newsradio 970 WFLA)-The Hillsborough County Commission has voted to back a half penny sales tax referendum to support the public school system. The referendum will appear on the November 6th ballot.
The Hillsborough County School Board first voted for the referendum, but commission approval was needed. If approved, the referendum would generate about $131 million yearly for ten years. That money would be spent on specific projects to improve the public schools.
The referendum would also create a seven-member citizen committee to report on all the money raised and on the spending. Six of those committee members would be private citizens with no connection to the school district.