Brevard school officials say half-cent sales tax vital to survival of schools

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. —

Brevard County School Board members said they may have to close more schools and charge students to play sports if voters don't support a half-cent sales tax increase.

District officials said they are facing a $30 million deficit going into the next school year change and they need to have a backup plan if voters don't approve the tax hike in November.

Superintendent of Schools Brian Binggeli emphasized how serious the financial situation and called on school board members to come together.

"To inform our community what is at stake and then ask as a part of that whether they believe the things on this list are worth saving," Binggeli said.

Schools that could be up for closure have not yet been identified but the school board expects to have a list together by spring.