Lee County Use and Sales Tax Increase (November 2009)
The measure was approved.
|Lee County Use and Sales Tax Increase|
Voters were also given this choice in 2007 but that tax was defeated by a slim margin. The money generated from this tax would go towards new school construction in the county. Many in the county who are a part of the school system are trying to press the need of this tax to other voters. Many of the schools are in need of renovations and improvements that are long over due. Other matters in the county have been taking precedent over the schools, but now it is seen as their turn. Lee County High School is one of the top schools in need and it is such a great need that regardless of if the tax gets approved, there will be renovations to the school. But without the tax, the county budget will be more strained and other items may take a back seat. Some oppose how the county went about initiating this tax measure on the ballot, but none disagree that the High School needs work.
There have been significant contributions for and against this tax measure. The group Americans for Prosperity has been the main force behind the opposition of this tax, with $6,536.55 being spent for signs and automated calls to local residents. The AFP is a national group with its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The Lee Education Investment Committee is the main force backing this tax issue and has raised $14,375 that was spent on brochures, yard signs and stickers. It was noted that 36 people donated this money to the Committee.
- The Sanford Herald, "Just the facts on the tax," October 23, 2009
- The E-Lee Dispatch, "Multi-Millionaire Fighting Lee County Tax," October 29, 2009 (dead link)
- Election Sample Ballot County Sales and Use Tax
- Lee County Unofficial Results
- The Sanford Herald, "Sales tax vote will decide funding for new schools," October 18, 2009
- The Sanford Herald, "Many say the work coming to LCHS is long overdue," October 21, 2009
- The Sanford Herald, "Groups have spent thousands on sales tax vote campaigns," October 30, 2009
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