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Miami-Dade College scores early victory

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March

Miami-Dade College is getting a second chance at additional funding from a discretionary sales tax.

Last year, state voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required the Legislature to allow all counties to levy a tax to raise money for community colleges.

With 61 percent support, Miami-Dade was the only county to okay the measure. This year,
Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, has authored a bill to give Miami-Dade the ability to add a maximum 0.5 percent surtax to fund Miami-Dade College and on Wednesday, the Senate Higher Education Committee approved the measure.

Villalobos said he attended Miami-Dade College during high school and told the committee, "It gave me my start."

If adopted, the bill would require approval by Miami-Dade voters in a referendum. The tax would be for five years, though it could be extended by future referenda.

Amy Hollyfield, Times/Herald Tallahassee staff

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:16am]

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