Local tax referendums on the ballot throughout Florida

Some of Duval County's oldest public schools are in sore need of repairs and maintenance.
Some of Duval County's oldest public schools are in sore need of repairs and maintenance.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Voters in at least two dozen Florida counties are being asked to increase taxes on themselves or provide tax breaks for businesses creating jobs.

The success of local tax referendums is often tied to how much control citizens have over the use of the funds.

There are more than 25 tax referendums in the hands of local voters around the state. In nine counties, school boards are seeking to raise money through penny or half-penny sales taxes, or property tax increases.

That includes Clay and Duval counties, which have half-penny sales tax measures on the ballot.

Andrea Messina is the Executive Director of the Florida School Boards Association.

“There certainly are demands from their communities to upgrade or provide more services, or facilities depending on what it is that people are going for," said Andrea Messina, executive director for the Florida School Boards Association. “And the districts do not have the funding currently to provide what the community is asking for.”

The number of school referendums is actually down from two years ago when 21 were on the ballot. All of them passed.

“So clearly the communities wanted to support their local school districts,” Messina said.