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Last year sales tax in State Y was raised by 1%, with the additional revenues promised to fund improvements in education. Representative Smith has proposed that the portion of sales tax revenues allotted to County X – some \$5 million – be used to build additional schools and access roads in outlying areas, where even major streets are often impassable due to flooding. Representative Smith has already posted on his website blueprints detailing 3 new schools and 2 roadways designed to be unaffected by floods.

Which of the following, if true, represents the largest obstacle facing Representative Smith’s plan to use sales tax revenues to build additional schools in outlying areas of County X?

(A)    County X has rejected a proposal to establish toll stations along frequently-traveled roads in the county, even though funds raised were to be directed to Representative Smith’s project.

(B)     Students in County X currently travel an average of 20 miles in order to reach an existing school.

(C)      More densely populated counties in State Y will receive a larger percentage of the total revenues generated by the sales tax increase.

(D)     Provisions of the sales tax revenue rules allow funds to be used for any project impacting the education of at least 2% of students in County X.

(E)     The state has stipulated that sales tax revenues designated for education be used only for the construction or remodeling of school buildings, and curriculum improvements.

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