Miami-Dade College scores early victory
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