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In 2010, Orange County voters approved an additional one mill on their property tax to: 

  • Retain highly qualified teachers
  • Preserve arts programs in schools
  • Maintain academic programs and student activities
  • Sustain athletics for OCPS students
That extra mill expires in June 2015. Without it, OCPS will lack funding to continue fully supporting these jobs and programs. On Nov. 4, Orange County voters will decide if the one-mill property tax should be renewed for an additional four years.
 

 

 

 

The Big Picture

The chart below shows historic funding per student along with a comparison of equivalent purchasing power adjusted for inflation by the Federal Consumer Price Index. Without the extension of the one mill, OCPS anticipates a 2015 reduction of about $95 million. This year, the loss would have included 710 teachers along with some fine-arts and athletics programs.

 

 

OCPS One-Mill Analysis: Funding Per Student Without One-Mill Renewal (With 2007-08 Purchasing Power Comparison)

 

How Much Will the One Mill Cost?
 

Because this would be a continuation of the one mill, it would not cost more than what home owners have been paying for the last four years. For a home worth $150,000, it’s $10.42 per month.



  

 Didn't Voters Just Approve the Tax Extension? 

This one-mill property tax is different from the half-penny sales tax renewal voters passed in August. The half-cent is used for capital improvements like renovating or replacing existing schools and buying classroom technology. The one-mill property tax only goes toward operational expenses – staff and programs within the school.

Can't You Fund These Things Through Additional Belt Tightening?



Orange County Public Schools is consistently recognized for its fiscal responsibility. Just this year, OCPS received the coveted Governor’s Sterling Award for organizational performance excellence. For the past several years, OCPS has been consistently ranked in the top five public school districts in Florida, for the least amount of administrative expenditures per student.

 

 

 

 

 

 Resources

 
 

 Special Millage Information

 
 

 Ballot Language

 

The School Board of Orange County, Florida Ad Valorem Millage Election

Shall the School Board of Orange County, Florida renew the 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, 2015, and ending four (4) fiscal years later on June 30, 2019, with annual reporting to ensure proper fiscal stewardship of these funds to the citizens of Orange County?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Contact Us

 
For more information, call the Orange County Public Schools Public Information Office at 407.317.3463.