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Votes Finalized in Wakulla County School Referendum

By: Eyewitness News; Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Eyewitness News; Elizabeth Nickerson Email

Wakulla County, FL - The special election referendum votes have been finalized.

The official results:

YES- 1,083 votes (50.39%)
NO- 1,066 votes (49.60%)

This means an additional half a million dollars in property taxes will be collected from taxpayers to help fund the school system's operational costs in Wakulla County.

The new millage will go into effect July first.


May 15, 2013

Wakulla County, FL - The Wakulla County Supervisor of Elections office hopes to have the results finalized by 5 p.m.


By: Elizabeth Nickerson
May 14, 2013 9:45 p.m.

Unofficial results are in for the special election to levy an ad valorem millage of one half mill to help pay for the school system's operational costs in Wakulla County:

YES: 1,081 (50.34%)
NO: 1,066 (49.65%)

According to Supervisor of Elections Buddy Wells, there are still 15 military votes unaccounted for, and it will take ten days to process the official results.

WCTV will post the official results for the election as soon as they are available.


By: Elizabeth Nickerson

May 14, 2013

Crawfordville, FL - Education is key to a strong community, according to Robert Pearce, the Wakulla Superintendent. Unfortunately, more than a hundred students in the Wakulla School District left causing lack of funds for education.

"80 percent of our budget comes from student enrollment," said Robert Pearce, the Wakulla Superintendent. "The loss of those 102 that is about 600,000 roughly that we are going to lose in our budget this year."

The Wakulla School System is calling on the voters to make up the difference and some call the decision a 'no-brainer'.

"We need this money to keep Wakulla County number one in education," said Cristi Ropp, a Crawfordville Resident.

To make up for the shortfall, the school system needs $500,000 from the tax payers, which will cost less than $2 for each student in a 4 year period. The rest will come out of the Wakulla School System savings.

"In order to maintain this loss of funding we have to have an extra half mill tax and that is what today is all about getting that tax," said Allen Harvey, a Crawfordville Resident.

If it passes it will go into effect July first.


Wakulla County, FL - Wakulla residents headed to the polls today to vote on a special election referendum.

Voters will decide whether to levy an ad valorem millage of one half mill to help pay for the school system's operational costs.

WCTV had a reporter in Wakulla County and will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News.


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