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Council to decide whether property tax referendum to help Duval schools goes to ballot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A measure requested by the Duval County School Board that would put a property tax referendum on the August ballot is poised for a final reading during Tuesday’s meeting of the Jacksonville City Council.

Last week, the City Council Rules Committee voted 4-3 in favor of moving the measure along, which allows voters to decide on a property tax increase. Duval County Public Schools said the tax would be used to help increase teacher pay and improve arts and athletic programs.

The property tax increase would be for one millage rate over four years. The proposal was recommended by Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene.

Greene recommended that funds from the one mill also be used to enhance art programs, noting the half-penny sales tax that was passed by voters in 2020 can only be used for facility maintenance, safety upgrades, repairs and renovation.

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The request comes as some families feel the economic strain spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, and over a year after Duval County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund renovation, construction and security upgrades for the district’s facilities.

RELATED: How DCPS is spending money from half-cent sales tax

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