Debra Chandler Appointed to Palm Beach County 19-member Citizen Sales Tax Oversight Committee
Debra Chandler, 2nd vice president and Advocacy co-chair, was appointed to the Palm Beach County 19-member Citizen Sales Tax Oversight Committee. The County Commission made the appointment during its March 14 meeting. Debra will represent the League of Women Voters on the volunteer committee. The Commission chose to include the League as a representative of the citizens of Palm Beach County.
The Citizen Sales Tax Oversight Committee was mandated by the Palm Beach County Commission following voter approval of a one-cent sales tax increase in November 2016. The tax increase, which is expected to generate $2.7 billion over a decade, must be used to improve schools, and county and city infrastructure. Schools will receive 50 percent, with 30 percent going to the county and 20 percent to cities.
The League of Palm Beach took an active role in support of the “1-cent tax” increase initiative during the 2016 election season.
“I’m honored and humble to represent the League of Women Voters and the citizens of Palm Beach County when reviewing the expenditure of this public money,” said Debra.
Debra, who served as a Palm Beach County assistant public defender for 25 years, has been a member of the League of Women Voters for 18 months. A native of Palm Beach County, Debra was an adjunct professor with Florida Atlantic University for more than ten years where she taught Criminal Justice and Constitutional Law. Active in numerous Palm Beach County community and civic organizations, she sits on the Board of Directors of the ACLU, where she also serves on the Legal Panel that decides which cases to accept. She is the treasurer for the Royal Palm Bons Vivants and is a member of the Exchangettes of Northern Palm Beaches.
“We are fortunate to have someone the caliber of Debra as a member of the Palm Beach League of Women Voters,” said Karen Wilkerson, League president. “Her vast knowledge, relentless energy, inexorable commitment and persistent ability to get things done, is an inspiration.”