SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota County voters have given their approval to continue a school tax on property owners.
The unofficial results show overwhelming support, with nearly 77% of the 45,641 voters saying "yes". This was a re-approval, so property taxpayers will continue to pay $100 a year for every $100,000 in property value.
The school district says the money helps retain better teachers, and yields better test scores.
Critics of the tax say the district wastes money. They point to extravagant new schools and even referendum itself, which alone cost more than $400,000 to hold.
In other races Tuesday, Venice voters approved a proposed amendment that will make it more difficult for the city to raise taxes by more than 3%. Results showed that 74% voted for the amendment. Despite the economy picking up, homeowners will not have to pay higher taxes as a result.
And in Longboat Key, voters decided who would fill commission seats in District 3 and At Large. In District 3, Terry Gans won the election, with 57% of the vote over Ray Rajewski. And the At Large commission seat will got to Irwin Pastor, who got 62% of the vote over Armando Linde.
There was a 16.73% voter turnout county-wide.