Broward County School Board 1/2 Mill Increase
Voting for the August 28 Primary Election is now underway, and Early Voting will begin on August 18. Beyond the partisan and non-partisan offices being considered, all voters in Broward County will consider a ballot question related to a property tax increase to fund teacher and staff compensation, security, and programs. The debate over the pros and cons of this issues has been extensive.
In order to help RAPB + GFLR members to be the most informed voters on this issue and determine their own individual vote, we have included the official ballot language and summary below.
If you have any questions or comments on this issue, please reach out to Adam Sanders, Senior Director of Government Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actual Ballot Language:
Shall The School Board of Broward County levy an ad-valorem operating millage of 1/2 mills annually for fiscal years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023, to (i) enhance funding for school resource officers, including individual charter schools with more than 900 students, (ii) hire district school security staff, (iii) increase compensation to recruit and retain highly qualified district teachers and (iv) fund other essential instruction related expenses preserving important programs in district schools?
School Board Summary:
Approve the intended allocation of funds that will be generated by the referendum that will be held on August 28, 2018 for The School Board of Broward County, Florida (SBBC) on a question regarding a levy of ad-valorem taxes for teacher and school related (non-administrative) staff compensation, security, and essential programs.
The School Board intends to allocate: (1) 72 percent or more of all available funds for compensation of teachers and school related (non-administrative) staff (including bus drivers, assistants, and food service workers); (2) up to 20 percent for security (school resource officers and security staff); (3) up to 8 percent for essential programs in our schools, such as additional guidance counselors, social workers, and behavioral staff.
All compensation will be subject to collective bargaining. The public will have an opportunity to comment on dispersal of funds generated prior to distribution.