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Volusia Schools Half-Cent Sales Tax at Work

​​​​​​​The half-cent sales tax extension was approved on August 26, 2014 by Volusia County voters, and went in effect January 1, 2017.

The extension will run for the next 15 years (2017-2031), focused on capital improvements. Those improvements include security enhancements, technology upgrades, replacement schools, and significant school renovations. Every school and every student will benefit. ​

For a full list of the​ projects, click here​ » 

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 was established to monitor the school district’s work. 
  • The extension is estimated to raise $480 million.
  • 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.
For answers to frequently asked questions, click here » 

Half-cent sales tax news:​​​

  • NEW SMYRNA BEACH — At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, Volusia County Schools will officially celebrate the construction start of the Chisholm Elementary replacement school...Read more
  • On Thursday, November 9th the proposed design for the new Chisholm Elementary School was unveiled... Read more ​»​​​​​​​​​
  • This is the first annual report, covering the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. This fiscal year is unusual in that it encompasses the collection of funds for both the now retired half-cent as well as the new half-cent. Read more ​»​​​​​​​
  • The first of Pierson Elementary’s poured in place concrete, fern themed panels! Read more ​»​​​​
  • Ken Blom, project manager, reported that work on Pine Ridge High School’s media center renovation is complete! Read more ​»​​​​
  • Pine Ridge High School received two (2) 250-ton and one (1) 90-ton chillers as part of its HVAC systems upgrade... Read more ​»​​​​
  • Weather can be a challenge for construction. Given the amount of rain this summer, we are slightly behind schedule... Read more ​»​​​
  • Atlantic High received two new chillers, a 90-ton and a 250-ton, to replace the school’s 20-year-old cooling system. Atlantic’s new equipment is part of the HVAC renovation in Building 5... Read more ​»​​​
  • On Thursday, June 1st, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pierson Elementary replacement school took place to celebrate the beginning of construction... Read more ​»​​
  • In 2014, Volusia County voters approved a 15-year extension of the half-cent sales tax that originally had been voter-approved in 2001. The first school to be replaced with the new funding is Pierson Elementary School... Read more ​»​​
  • ​​​​​​​​​District planners and school representatives have set the next community information meeting for the Chisholm Elementary replacement school... Read more ​»​​
  • Mark your calendars! On June 1st, 2017 at 9:00 in the morning, the district will break ground for the Pierson Elementary... Read more »​
  • ​On February 14, 2017, several of Volusia Schools’ directors reported on the status of district projects under the half-cent sales tax... R​ead more »​ 
  • On January 19, 2017, a community meeting was held at Chisholm Elementary... Read m​ore »​ ​
  • Pierson Elementary held a community meeting to discuss its replacement school... Read more »​ ​​​
​For more updates on the Half-Cent Sales Tax, click here​ »


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