Referendum: Property tax for schools

The Duval County School Board is asking voters to approve a $1 million increase in property taxes, with the revenue going to fund an increase in teacher pay and improve arts and sports programs.

The school district projects the tax — which would cost homeowners an additional $100 a year for every $100,000 of their home’s accessible value — would raise at least $81 million a year. The tax increase would automatically end after four years, unless renewed by another vote of the citizens of Duval County.

The district said 65% of the revenue would be used to supplement teachers’ salaries, 12.5% ​​would be used for arts and sports programs in public schools, 12.5% ​​would go to charter schools and 10% would go to raises. salary of district staff. .

If a tax hike for schools sounds familiar, the half-cent sales tax that Duval County voters approved in 2020 can only be used for facility maintenance, safety upgrades , repairs and renovations. The proposed new property tax would fund salaries and living expenses only. Most of the total budget for all public schools in Florida is funded by property taxes.

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Duval County School District Ad Valorem Millage Election

“Will the Duval County School District levy an ad valorem operating mileage of $1 million per year to attract and retain high quality teachers and staff through additional compensation, enhance arts, music and athletics and provide commensurate funding to charter schools, to pursue and sustain quality improvements in the Duval County school system.

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