Prince George’s bill would create tax for school construction

Opponents say legislation would have chilling effect on business recruitment

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Prince George’s shoppers may soon be asked to help foot the bill to reduce the school system’s $2 billion school maintenance backlog.

“If Prince George’s County is going to excel, if we are going to give our students a 21st century education in safe, modern buildings, then we need to get our schools in shape,” said General Assembly Del. Jay Walker (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington, co-sponsor of the bill.

Prince George’s 413-15, sponsored by Walker and Del. Alonzo Washington (D-Dist. 22) of Hyattsville, would allow the county to create a 1 percent sales tax, with the funds to go to school renovation and construction.

The bill would require approval from the County Council and referendum approval by voters in the 2016 November General Election.

Walker said the bill, if approved, would generate at least $60 million yearly in revenue for major renovation and construction projects.

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