Maryland's 10-cent liquor tax has already paved the way for $18 million of school projects in Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties.
The Maryland Board of Public Works has given the thumbs up to about $18 million dollars in grants for three county school systems. The funding will come from money that will be raised by an increase in the sales tax on alcohol, according to the Associated Press.
Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties will benefit from the measure. Montgomery County will pick up about $9 million dollars, and a chunk of that money will help pay for replacing Rockville's Farmland Elementary School.
Howard County is getting about $4 million. About half of that will be used to replace natural grass football fields with artificial turf at a pair of high schools. In Anne Arundel County, about $5 million dollars is earmarked for Annapolis High School's performanceand visual arts programs.
Lawmakers set aside a total of $47.5 million dollars in the expected new alcohol tax revenues for school construction.