1/2 Cent Sales Tax Projects
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. Some current improvements funded from the sales tax include:
New elementary schools
New high schools
Repairs from storm and tornado damage
Additional projects include:
Safety and Security enhancements at all schools.
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.