Hamilton Co Voters Decide On Education Tax

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email
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By Greg Gullberg
April 30, 2013

Hamilton Co., FL - Voters in Hamilton County, Florida hit the polls to decide whether they want to renew a tax for funding education.

As of 7 pm Tuesday night, the votes are in and the decision is final. Almost 1,000 total votes. 63% said yes, to renewing the tax.

The Hamilton County School District is working to over come a half million dollar deficit. And school officials say this tax will generate $200,000 of that.

This is not a new tax, residents have already been paying it for the past four years. Tuesday's vote will just extend it another four years.

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By Greg Gullberg
April 28, 2013

Hamilton Co., FL - Just how much is a child's education worth? At least that's what one local school board is asking residents to decide.

In just two days, parents will have to look deep into their pockets and even deeper into their hearts to decide whether to renew a tax for education. It's no secret Hamilton County is one of the poorest counties in Florida and the school system is struggling financially. But do residents think their dollars can make change?

Hamilton County residents will have to vote Tuesday whether or not they want to renew a tax for funding education. Now it's not a new tax, residents have already been paying it for the past four years, this will just extend it another four years.

It's a .25 millage levy. And the school board says it's for "Critical Operating Needs."

"Some of us out here are single parents and I'm one of them and my checks be comin' up a little short and i pay my bills by my self and i don't have enough money to survive," Keyonda Mitchell, Hamilton County resident.

"I understand they want to further the education in school, but taking it out of people's pockets.. everybody should go out there and vote about people taking their taxes," said April Mitchell, Hamilton County resident.

But others we talked to seem to think some things are more valuable than money.

"You're investing in our children and our children are the ones who are going to have the future that we want them to have. And if we don't invest in them they're not going to have a good future," said Shelley Phillips, Hamilton County resident.

The Hamilton County School District is working to over come a half million dollar deficit. And school officials say this tax will generate $200,000 of that.


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