West Palm OK with penny increase in sales tax

Harvey Oyer III

Harvey Oyer III

West Palm Beach commissioners have approved a county plan to ask voters for a one-cent sales tax for infrastructure, parks, public safety and economic development.

City Administrator Jeff Green estimated that the tax, if approved by voters in November, would give the city $6 million a year for capital projects.

Attorney Harvey Oyer III urged the commission to approve the proposal, saying many road and bridge projects on the county’s to-do list would benefit the city, over and above the projects the city would do on its own.

Flooding problems on Australian Avenue, a county road that runs through the city, could be alleviated, Oyer said. “Another desperate need of our city is the Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard bridge over the FEC,” which also could be fixed with the county’s share of the sales tax increase, he said. “It’s extraordinary for our city.”

Commissioners approved the measure unanimously.