Today’s classrooms. Tomorrow’s workforce.
Thank you, Duval voters
Voter overwhelmingly approved a voluntary half-penny sales tax in Duval County to support vital infrastructure improvements for public school facilities. This site is no longer being maintained or updated. However, you can track the half-penny funding and the building plan it has made possible by visiting the Master Facility Plan Implementation page. On that page, you will find all the documentation of the Oversight Committee and an interactive dashboard tracking all the projects and funding in the 15-year plan.
5 Reasons for Change
Just like work spaces, research shows a good learning environment improves achievement. All students in the county deserve a building and resources to succeed economically.
New schools are needed in some areas and that will allow us to remove portables in existing schools.
Safety and security upgrades will be provided for every school.
Some schools are very small or operating way below student capacity, wasting precious dollars to maintain the buildings. They need to be consolidated with other schools to increase resources for teaching and cut overhead.
Our schools are the oldest in the state. They desperately need basic maintenance and upgrades, like air conditioners, roofing, flooring and window replacement.
Why Is It Needed? Old Schools, State Cuts, Economic Stimulus
Duval’s Schools are
Average Age of Florida Schools in the 7 Largest Districts (Years)
20% Funding Loss
State Funding Cuts Since 2008 have reduced facility funding by almost $300 million. over 11 years. This has caused back- logged maintenance of $243 million. Because of the age of the schools, backlogged maintenance will balloon to $1 billion in five years.
The referendum provides a community-wide economic stimulus package. The cost to the individual is small, while the benefit to the community is huge. It will boost our economy, expedite the road to recovery, create thousands of jobs and help hundreds of businesses. It will increase the value of neighborhoods and homes while improving schools.