Our schools. Our community. Our future.
Thank you Duval voters for approving new funding to support our teachers and schools
March 1 — The School Board of Duval County passed a resolution to place it on the ballot — Complete
April 26 — The City Council considers the resolution and places it on the ballot — Complete
July 25 — Deadline to register to vote — Complete
August 8-21 — Early voting for primary election --Complete
August 13 — Deadline to request a ballot to be mailed -- Complete
August 23 — Voters approved the referendum!
Voters Will Decide On August 23, 2022
OFFICIAL BALLOT LANGUAGE
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
AD VALOREM MILLAGE ELECTION
SHALL THE DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVY AN AD VALOREM OPERATING MILLAGE OF 1 MILL ANNUALLY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS AND STAFF THROUGH ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION, ENHANCE ART, MUSIC AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS, AND PROVIDE PROPORTIONATE FUNDING FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS, IN ORDER TO CONTINUE AND SUSTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN THE QUALITY OF DUVAL COUNTY’S SCHOOL SYSTEM.
_____ YES, for additional milleage _____ NO, against additional millage
Why It's Needed
Instructional vacancies have increased 155% over the past 6 years. Experienced, successful teachers earn the same or slightly higher than first-year teachers. As a result, teachers are retiring early, resigning or moving on to higher paying, less stressful jobs.
- Duval County is ranked 58th out of 69 for average teacher experience.
- Duval lags behind nearby North Florida counties and is last among the seven large urban districts.
- This has a profound impact on student learning as experienced teachers can offer more to students than starting teachers.
Counties Passing It
Millage referendums have been successfully implemented in 20 counties in Florida and all but one large district besides Duval.
How Will It Be Spent?
In addition to compensation for teachers and staff, money will be used to upgrade equipment and uniforms in the arts as well as fields, bleachers, and playgrounds in athletics. Charter schools will get a proportionate share based upon enrollment, as required by the state.
*Charter share is based on enrollment and could change annually.
Declining Millage Rate
The state mandated a steady decline in the Required Local Millage rate each year from 5.3 in 2010 to 3.2 today. This was done to offset increases in property values, but it cost the district $658 million and reduced its ability to keep up with growth and inflation. If the 1 mill passes it’s still below the 2010 rate.
How Much Will It Cost?
One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value, minus the $25,000 homestead exemption. For example, a home with a value of $300,000 will pay $275 a year, or about $23 a month.