Chamber Review Group Backs Tax Extension for Schools

May 16, 2012

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce “Improvements Review Team” is getting behind a campaign by Leon County Schools to extend a half-cent sales tax set to expire in November.  Chairman Jim Murdaugh, said it’s clear the schools need the tax.

“The $621-million that they’re asking for to cover the basic needs of the school system are in fact real, they’re valid and absent those dollars they will have no financial means to meet those needs," Murdaugh said.

The 59 members of the team, made up of business and government representatives, made more than 50 site visits to the system's various schools. Murdaugh, who is also the President of Tallahassee Community College, said failing to make the needed improvements “threatens the quality of education” Tallahassee’s children receive. The tax extension will be up for a vote on the November ballot.