On November 6, 2018, the voters of Polk County approved an extension of the half-cent sales tax for public schools. This tax will continue for 15 years, from January 1, 2019 through December 30, 2034. The improvements to be funded from the sales tax include:
Safety and Security enhancements at all schools. Improvements may include:
Complete modernization and replacement projects at 11 schools located throughout the county and 6 new schools, 4 in the northeast area of the county and 2 in southeast Winter Haven.
To learn about future projects for each of our Polk County schools, please CLICK HERE.
The half-cent sales tax can only be used for capital projects including facilities maintenance, renovations, and construction, as well as security and technology, Sales tax revenue cannot be spent on general operating expenses such as salaries or instructional material. The sales tax extension is projected to raise $675 million dollars for Polk County schools. As with the 2003 sales tax, audits will be conducted and there will be an OVERSIGHT SALES TAX COMMITTEE to ensure the monies are being spent as promised.