Volusia County voters pass half-penny sales tax

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Volusia County voters voted to approve extending a half-penny sales tax at Tuesday's primary election.

The sales tax was proposed to help pay for school construction, replacing five schools and renovating more than a dozen schools.

The tax passed with 60 percent of the vote.

The tax was set to expire in 2016 and if continued, could generate $480 million over 15 years.

Brevard County will vote on adding a half-cent tax in November and voters in Seminole County already approved a oneAugust 2014 Primary Election-cent sales tax increase in May to help improve roads and schools.