The board of directors for the Zachary Chamber of Commerce voted March 10 to support the Zachary Community School District’s proposed 1-cent sales tax increase on the March 28 ballot.

The chamber’s endorsement of the 1-cent tax proposition recognizes the importance of a strong school system to economic development in the city and comes after careful consideration of the impact on the community, according to a chamber news release.

For several years, the Zachary School Board has been examining the district’s budget and finances with a focus on streamlining operations wherever possible, the release said.

After seeking input from stakeholders in meetings held over a six-month period, the board voted unanimously in November to place a sales tax proposition on the March 28 ballot.

The chamber said the School Board is committed to providing a high-quality education for students in the Zachary community and has based the decision on factors such as the overall cost of salaries, benefits, transportation, maintenance, utilities and technology.

“The Zachary Chamber of Commerce believes education plays a vital role in ensuring economic prosperity and growth in our community and that we must ensure the school district has the resources necessary to continue to provide the quality of education our children deserve,” said Karl Kleinpeter, chamber president. “Good schools protect property values and make our community a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business.”

The Zachary school district has demonstrated a history of success by ranking as the state’s top performing school district for the last 10 years, and the March 28 election will ensure the resources to continue that trend for years to come, Kleinpeter said.