Page Content Why extend the half-cent sales tax? Every school and every student will benefit (see Capital Projects List). This half-cent extension will be used for security, technology and facility issues – all necessary to ensure our students’ success by providing a safe and secure learning environment with 21st century tools. A quality educational system is of major importance to businesses and economic development in Volusia County. The school district has kept its promise on the use of the 2001 voter approved half-cent sales tax by completing the majority of identified school construction and renovation projects. Tourists will pay 30-40% of tax revenue (entire amount will not be paid by residents). Taxpayers will continue to pay the same half-cent sales tax; it is not new nor an increase. Important information to know: The half-cent voter approved sales tax can only be used for capital (facilities, technology), not general operating (salaries, instructional materials). As with the 2001 half-cent sales tax, a citizens’ project oversight committee will be established to monitor the school district’s work. The extension will raise an estimated $480 million If approved, this extension will go into effect on January 1, 2017 for a 15-year term. Vote on August 26, 2014. A citizens’ capital needs committee met September 2013 through January 2014 to identify the capital needs of the school district in the areas of safety/security, technology and facilities. The committee recommended a Capital Projects List to the school board, which was approved on February 25, 2014. If the half-cent extension is approved by voters, a citizen oversight committee will be appointed to provide oversight for the funds that will be directed to facilities, technology and safety/security. A similar committee was established when the half-cent sales tax was approved by voters in 2001 for an aggressive 10-year building program. During the period between January 2002 and June 2012, the oversight committee met regularly to review, inspect and evaluate the progress to make sure the district kept its promise to the taxpayers of Volusia County. Annual reports were made to the school board and the community regarding the progress of the identified projects. The building program is now complete and the committee made its final report to the school board in September 2012, which is available for review at the following link: Project Oversight Committee Report - Fiscal Year 2012. As noted in the conclusion of this report (Page 21): “The board has kept the promise."