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One Mill Referendum Up for Renewal
Posted on 06/06/2018
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Right before the recession in 2009, the district was faced with the reality of having to make budget cuts to arts, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Thankfully the federal stimulus dollars supported the district just long enough to allow us time to ask the voters of Orange County for assistance with the district's operating budget by approving a one-mill property tax referendum in 2010.

On April 10, 2018, the Orange County School Board adopted a resolution placing renewal of a one-mill special ad valorem property tax on the August 28, 2018 primary election ballot. On May 22, 2018, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to place the School Board's resolution on the August ballot.

The one-mill, which originally passed in 2010 and was subsequently renewed in 2014, is used to preserve academic programs, retain highly qualified teachers, and protect arts, athletics and student activities which is necessary to maintain high quality education for all students. Last year, the one-mill added $116 million to the OCPS budget. For details on how the dollars were spent click here.

The proposed referendum is a continuation of the current one-mill. Using $160,000 as the median home value in Orange County, the one-mill equates to the average homeowner continuing to pay $11.25/month or $135/year of their current property taxes.

The Florida Legislature only appropriated a 47-cent increase in per student basic funding for the 2018-19 school year which is not enough to cover cost of living increases, higher quality educational resources and well-deserved raises for our teachers.

For more information about the One Mill Referendum, visit youdecide.ocps.net.

BALLOT TITLE:

THE SCHOOL BOARD OF ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA

AD VALOREM MILLAGE ELECTION

BALLOT QUESTION: Shall the School Board of Orange County, Florida renew the current one (1) mill ad valorem millage for essential operating expenses in order to preserve academic programs, retain highly qualified teachers, and protect arts, athletics and student activities beginning July 1, 2019, and ending four (4) fiscal years later on June 30, 2023, with annual reporting to ensure proper fiscal stewardship of these funds to the citizens of Orange County?

_____ YES FOR APPROVAL

 

_____ NO FOR REJECTION