Business, Education Leaders To Review Need for Extension Of Half-Cent Sales Tax for Schools

Chamber Chairman Bill Moor and President Sue Dick announced that Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh will chair the Capital Improvements Review Team (CIRT) process on behalf of the Chamber and the local business community. Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons asked the Chamber to review the school district’s recommendations for how the resources would be spent if the decade-old tax is extended for another 15 years, raising a projected $256.9 million for additional school improvements.  The schools’ half-penny sales tax was approved by voters in 2002 and has provided $149.6 million for vital improvements at every school in the county, but it is set to expire later this year. The CIRT process will involve a thorough assessment of the school district’s ongoing capital needs.

As chairman of the CIRT, Murdaugh will coordinate teams examining the school district’s needs in areas including renovation and maintenance; new construction and remodeling; transportation; technology; and finance. The teams will consist of community leaders in the various fields, as well as citizen volunteers.

The following individuals have agreed to serve as leaders of CIRT subcommittees:

Dr. Jim Murdaugh – CIRT Chair
Tallahassee Community College

Pamela Butler – Chair, Instructional Delivery/Technology Subcommittee
Aegis Business Technologies

Kim Gabbard – Chair, Renovation Subcommittee
Northwood Centre

Chris Jensen – Chair, Finance Subcommittee
Prime Meridian Bank

John Stewart – Chair, New Construction/Remodeling Subcommittee
JMS Builder Tallahassee

Kim Williams – Chair, Transportation Subcommittee
Marpan Supply Company

Elaine Bryant – Chair, Special Issues Subcommittee
Elaine Bryant and Associates
Ron Sachs – Chair, Communications Subcommittee
Ron Sachs Communications