1/2 cent sales tax for schools on Washington County primary ballot

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Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 5:37 PM CDT
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Education officials in Washington County say they need updated technology to better ensure their children are getting the highest education possible, and they can't do it without more revenue.

Technology is something that is constantly changing and advancing as the years go on.

Coordinator of Technical Services DeWayne Geoghagan said, "The ability to have this half-cent tax we don't know what we would do right now if we're trying to keep the computers going and up to date."

Washington County voters are being asked to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax for ten years to fund school facility improvements and school technology improvements.

Superintendent of Washington County Schools Joseph Taylor said, "Most of our funding comes from the State of Florida and so their priorities become our priorities. We have this were more able to come forward with our own planning purposes. We have computer systems technology that's coming up for replacement, so were depending at this point for state funding digital classrooms"

Washington County Schools currently boast a 1 to 1 ratio of computers per student and if the sales tax passes their goal is to keep it that way.

"We have a third of them going off warranty so that means we have a network manager and a technician it will leave them to work on those computers it’s no way two guys can work on all those computers and keep them up to date."

All the money collected from the half-cent sales tax will strictly be used for technology and facilities improvements.

"The facilities piece allows us to work with some programs that we have internally where we have needs."

Taylor says anyone that wants to know the breakdown of the money, there's a handbook is available on their website.

Early voting is already underway for next week's Florida primary.

Polls will be open August 28th from 7 a-m to 7 p-m.