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Investing in Students

Investing in students improves our community

Education has a direct impact on everyone in our community. When we invest in our schools and our students, our entire community profits. It results in higher incomes, better jobs, rising property values and a healthy economy.

Right now, because of inadequate state funding, our students face a future in aging, crowded schools and our community faces a $2 billion challenge. The half-penny sales tax education referendum on the November 6 ballot would generate approximately $131 million per year for ten years that would be spent on specific projects to improve our public schools.

Town Hall Meetings

October 23, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Chapel at Fishhawk
6026 Churchside Dr
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How did we get here?

Learn how inadequate state funding has led to our community’s $2 billion challenge.

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What will a half-penny do?

Studies show a half-penny investment would improve student achievement and boost our economy in many ways, including higher property values.

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How will the money be spent?

The ten-year referendum is limited to funding specific long-term projects in public schools, with all spending watched by a Citizen Oversight Committee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions answered and hear the facts on common misconceptions about the half-penny sales tax education referendum.

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Research shows investment in new school facilities and quality public schools improves students' academic performance and...

Immediately improves our community by

Raising property values
Making our county more attractive to busineses, creating high quality jobs
Generating more than $1 billion in construction and renovation spending, boosting our local economy
Better preparing our area for hurricanes with new, strong schools as shelters

Saves taxpayer dollars in the long run by

Repairing and upgrading systems, instead of patching aging and inefficient systems
Locating new schools in fast-growing areas, closer to where students live, improving bus transportation efficiency
Preventing school overcrowding, since building new schools reduces wear-and-tear on existing schools

Referendum Details

The ballots to be used in the referendum election shall be substantially in the following form:

Ballot Title: Referendum on one-half cent sales surtax for public school air conditioning and capital improvements

Ballot Question: Shall a one-half cent school capital outlay sales surtax be authorized for a ten (10) year levy by the school board of hillsborough county beginning january 1, 2019, to fund air conditioning replacement and repairs, capital improvements and construction of other schools, building enhancements for school security and other maintenance needs?

_______ for the one-half cent tax

_______ against the one-half cent tax

Half-penny sales tax on November 6 ballot

Only for snowflake A/C & Maintenance
Technology Classroom Technology
badge Safety & Security hammer New School Construction

Generates $131 million per year for 10 years for specific, planned projects based on need

Typical family will
pay $63 a year

Based on Hillsborough Co. median household income of $51,681
Portion would be paid by tourists
Not charged on grocery bag Groceries or
medicine bottle Medicine

Oversight Committee

citizens committee breakdown
Seven members review the spending, progress, and completion of all projects funded by the referendum
Six private citizens cannot be affiliated with district & cannot work on projects funded by the referendum
Invest in Students

Nominations for the initial independent citizen members of the Citizen Oversight Committee are now closed; the nomination period extended from September 17 through September 28 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your interest in serving our community.

Important information for school district employees: Referendum Education Toolkit

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