School Board Approves Sales Tax Referendum

The Leon County School Board approved a resolution to continue the sales tax levy of a half a cent (0.5%).

If residents vote yes in November the measure would last another 15 years starting on January 1, 2013. The referendum reads as followed.

"Shall a one-half cent discretionary sales surtax be levied in Leon County for a period of 15 years, beginning January 1, 2013, to finance education facilities, including construction, reconstruction, retrofitting, renovation, remodeling, land acquisition and improvement and the purchase of technology equipment, hardware and software for the Leon County School District, which levy will extend the existing one-half cent discretionary sales surtax that expires December 31, 2012."

Voters then have the option of either voting yes or no. This is not a new tax. In November of 2002, voters approved the sales surtax for ten years. It helped bring in more than $180 million. Renewing the tax would eclipse that figure to more than $270 million in revenue.

"It will be used for everything from technology to smarter classrooms," said Leon County School Board member Dee Crumpler.

Last time the sales tax levy was on the ballot it passed with more than 60% in favor of the referendum. In 2012, the Leon County School Board is going out of their way to make sure that people vote yes at the ballot box. A big boost to the campaign came from the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. The group fully endorsed the measure.

"The board of directors of the chamber of commerce recognize how important our school system is to our community and our future workforce," said Sue Dick, president of the chamber.

"I think that this community, for as long as I've been here almost 30 years now has been wildly supportive of public education," said Crumpler.

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  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on May 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    There is no half cent coins in my wallet, as the last big spender Montford pushed for this idiot decision to grow the bloat. The voters seem to be too ignorant to know what is going on. If the tax was increased to 98 cents on the dollar and handed over to the school boards, they would hire more do nothing administrators, increase all their salaries, sick leave, vacation, benefits, medical and let the taxpayers pay for it all. No child would ever benefit from any of it, as most of the teachers can't teach because they were run through the college system with grades that did not reflect anything except they were there. You need people running the schools that have business knowledge, instead of degrees in basketball, and you need to cut all the spending across the board. If they are too dumb to get it on fiscally sound basis, maybe they should get out of the school business and let it go to the private sector, as the schools that are not run by the government seem to teach better, on less money and turn out smarter students. Cut the stupid spending, instead of wasting more hard earned taxpayer dollars. It needs to all be voted down, and the ones wanting more, voted out. That includes Montford in the state house, as he knows nothing but to grow the spending, as he has been sucking the taxpayers dry his entire life. Never held anything except government leech jobs.
  • by Vic on May 23, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    BE SMART: VOTE NO these politicians steal enough money from us as it is. It is time to take our money back.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    Is there a list of construction projects projected for the next 15 years?
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    "Renewing the tax would eclipse that figure to more than $270 million in revenue" The renewal is for 15 years instead of the original 10. Saying that the renewal will bring in 1.5 times the revenue is simple math, and shouldn't be touted as anything else.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    First, tell me what the School Board's policy regarding school prayer and inspirational messages will be for the next 15 years. Why 15 years? Does this School Board actually plan for a time when nobody now attending school will be then attending school?
  • by Trent Location: Tallahassee on May 23, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    As long as the money is not managed by FAMU graduates or former FAMU budget staf.
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