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School board asks Herring to weigh in on sales tax use

The Gloucester County School Board voted Tuesday to contact Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office to review the legality of the use of sales tax proceeds as proposed in the county budget that County Administrator Brent Fedors unveiled earlier this month.

At issue is the use of the 1 percent sales tax increase that voters approved by referendum last November. In the proposed budget, Fedors suggested a portion of the income from the sales tax be used to pay off debt for eligible completed and current projects, as well as future sales tax eligible debt.

School board members indicated they were under the belief that voters of Gloucester County approved a referendum to pay for future school projects. Multiple members of the school board including chair Robin Rice questioned the legality of this proposed use of the sales tax.

“Our concerns are around the legality of this move,” said Rice, “and we would like to see an official legal opinion on this matter around the ethics...

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