What will a Half Penny
Do for Our Schools?
5 Reasons for Change
Provide all students with a learning environment that improves achievement.
Build new schools in areas where they are needed and remove as many portables as possible.
Consolidation of very small schools to increase resources for teaching and learning experiences and cut overhead.
Eliminate over $1 billion in backlogged maintenance caused by declining state funding and the impact of very old, deteriorating school buildings.
Safety and security upgrades at every traditional Duval County Public School.
Why is it Needed? State Cuts and Aging Schools.
Duval Schools Are Among The Oldest In The State
Average Age of Florida Schools in the 7 Largest Districts (Years)
24% Funding Loss
State Funding Cuts Since 2008 have reduced facility funding to 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.
Where We Are in the Process
The Duval County School Board's resolution to ask voters for the 1/2 penny tax was sent to the Jacksonville City Council in May, 2019. The Council must place the referendum on an election ballot, giving voters the opportunity to create this revenue source for public schools.
The Jacksonville City Counsel voted on August 27 to withdraw their bill to place the referendum on the 2019 ballot. This action ends any prospect of voters having their voice heard in 2019.
The School Board voted on August 28 to hire legal counsel to represent the Board's interest in this matter.