Sales Tax Increase Raises Concerns

A citizen's committee has come up with 10-funding recommendations to rebuild both Enterprise High and Hillcrest Elementary. The most controversial recommendation is to raise the city sales tax by a half-cent.

Enterprise School officials look for ways to make-up a $30-million dollar fund shortfall.

A proposed half-cent sales' tax hike will put the city's rate at eight-and-a-half percent.

Kelly Watson and her husband own a business in Enterprise. She says, "I think it’s a controversy. Folks in the community will do anything for the schools; they just want to make sure it'll go to the schools."

Keith Howell said, "As long as the money goes toward the schools, nobody I believe will have a problem, especially with losing the school and the lives last year."

Crestview, Florida Resident Linda Huckabee often comes to Enterprise to shop. A half-penny sales tax increase will not keep her from visiting the City of Progress. "A half-cent sales tax I think is a great way to raise some of the necessary money; I’m for it."

Wendy Lee says, "I think there are other ways you can raise the necessary money, i'm opposed to raising taxes to build the schools"

Several business owners we spoke with are adamantly opposed to the sales tax increase, but are fearful of going on publicly. They fear others will think they are opposed to building the schools.

Last year, neighboring Opp approved a penny sales tax hike to 9-percent in order to build a new elementary school there.

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