Officials at Blount County Schools are breaking down how they will use money generated from the county's increased sales tax rate.
Last week, residents voted to up the rate to 9.75 percent, matching the rate paid in Alcoa and Maryville.
Now, when shoppers spend money in Alcoa, Maryville or in the county, the added revenue will go into a single pot and be distributed equally to all three school systems. Before county residents approved the tax, the city school systems split the money.
Blount County schools plans to use its share of the revenue for building maintenance and improvements, including security enhancements, textbooks, and technology.