Both the Duval County and Clay County school districts are hoping voters will approve half-cent sales taxes meant to fund school building improvements and security upgrades.
Both school districts have been strongly campaigning for their respective half-cent tax measures, citing the age of their facilities and a dire need for stronger security.
Duval County half-cent sales tax
In Duval County, a half-cent sales tax on sales would rake-in nearly 1.72 billion over its 15-year life. For a median income household of four people, it amounts to about $72 a year or about $6 a month.
If passed, all that money would be put toward four things:
- Safety and security upgrades, which would be completed in the first three years.
- Fixing nearly $250 million worth of backlogged maintenance problems.
- Getting rid of more than 40 portable classrooms.
- Building new schools.
It would be overseen by a 22-member committee of citizen representatives.
Supporters say Duval County Public Schools needs to catch up with neighboring districts that have other property or sales taxes to supplement schools.