Official: Boynton area will see about $77 million with penny sales tax

If the penny sales tax is approved in November, Boynton Beach area residents would see about $77 million over 10 years in roads, buildings and schools repairs paid for by the city, the county and the school district.

For the city, the money would be used to complete the backlogged capital improvement plan full of repairs at the City Hall complex, the Civic Center, the library, the Public Works complex, several parks and centers, fire stations, and sidewalks, city documents show.

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West of Boynton, most important to the residents would likely be the county finally creating a park neighbors have wanted for years near Canyon Town Center. The county, on the OneCountyOnePenny website, also lists 28 improvements to the area that includes re-striping parts of Woolbright Road, Seacrest Boulevard, and Gateway Boulevard and a facelift for Caloosa Park.

In the schools, the district lists Boynton Beach High as needing more than $10 million in facility and technology improvements. The same upgrades would be made at Rolling Green Elementary at more than $3 million, and more than five other schools.

The proposed increase from 6 cents on the dollar to 7 cents on the dollar would raise an estimated $2.7 billion countywide over 10 years. The School District of Palm Beach County would get 50 percent, the county would get 30 percent and cities would get 20 percent.

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County and school district officials have been traveling the county to give presentations on the tax, and on Tuesday and Wednesday visited Boynton. The officials can’t advocate for the tax. County Administrator Verdenia Baker, one of the presenters, said she hoped she gave “compelling reasons to consider” the tax.

The Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations group heard a similar presentation and voted in support of the tax. The group represents more than 100 residential communities west of Boynton Beach.

“I think this will help tremendously,” Boynton Commissioner Joe Casello said. Boynton’s City Manager Lori LaVerriere said in March the money would be a “dream come true.”

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