Seminole County residents approve penny tax

One-cent sales tax increase would go to schools, public infrastructure

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Residents voted in a special election Tuesday in favor of a one-cent sales tax increase to be implemented in Seminole County.

According to county leaders, the revenue created would go toward public infrastructure within the county and its seven cities.

A quarter of the projected $637 million for the 10-year duration of the tax hike would go to Seminole County Public Schools.

The tax is expected to take effect Jan. 1.

Voters approved a penny sales tax in 1991 and again in 2001, but county leaders didn't put it back on the ballot after it expired in 2011.

Officials said the tax passed in 2001 built 100 miles of roads, two schools, 75 miles of sidewalks and improved 30 intersections throughout the county.

The polls closed at 7 p.m. with about 52 percent voting in favor of the tax increase and about 48 percent voting against. To see live results, click here.

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