Should 1-millage tax for schools continue?

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:25 pm | Updated: 9:25 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

SARASOTA FL-- Every four years voters head to the polls and let their voices be heard.  About  the 1-millage tax property owners currently pay.  With the tax set to expire officials are now rallying support for its renewal.

 "It would be catastrophic,"  said Sarasota School Board Chair Jane Goodwin.  She referring to the impacts of losing the revenue generated from the 1 - millage rate property tax.

"We have in every area cut expenses as much as we possible can and a $40 million cut would be really a frightful situation," said Goodwin.

By frightening Goodwin meas a situation that could result in devastating program and personnel cuts.

"We would have major lay offs and yes we would have reduction in salaries," added Goodwin.

Back in 2012 Sarasota residents voted to begin paying the tax that equates to $1 for every $1000 of your property value.  A cost, of about $100 for a property valued at $100,000.  Every four years voters are asked to approve continuing the tax that officials say is directly responsible for the progress area schools have made.

"We are rank as the number 3 school district in the state.  In FCAT scores we are among 5 of 67 school districts in the state who are an "A" district.  The quality of education we so proudly enjoy and treasure will be definitely impacted if the referendum isn't passed," said Goodwin.

In addition officials say the money from the mileage rate also allowed for the expansion of the school day by an hour. As well the opportunity to offer competitive pay. But residents we spoke to say the school district doesn't have to worry about loosing that statue because they plan on supporting the measure.

"Its price but i think its worth it in the end I don't have children but i think the children are worth spending the money one," said Sarasota resident Brian Orth.

And Sarasota resident Jerry Bainbridge agrees "Children our our future so if we don't provide a good education they wont have a good future."

The vote to continue the 1 mill tax wont be until march of 2014.  But officials say the issue is so important that they get the word out early.

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  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 8:05 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    School Board tries scare tactics so the public will vote for the referendum. Please don't let these administrators fool you. They have a healthy Florida Retirement Pension to protect for themselves.
    I have seen the Superintendent shopping in Publix at 3:45 in the afternoon when she should be working.
    The COO cruises around town in his bright yellow convertible and goes home many times during the day.
    These people do NOT put in their hours that we pay them to do their jobs.

  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 8:02 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    There are employees that sit at their jobs and do nothing all day. Take long breaks, long lunch hours, vacation and sick time are not requested but just taken and not taken out of their time, so taxpayers pay double. District administrators have it cozy with all the money. Let's see how well they do without the money and clean up the waste.

  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 7:59 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    There is so much waste in the Sarasota district. Ask any classified employee or teacher and 99.9% will tell you that there is so much waste. Time to clean house and get rid of the dead weight.

  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 7:57 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    Manatee County operates with lots of cuts. Sarasota is spoiled. Using words like catastrophic and frightful is a bunch of scare tactics. Let's see what a good job they can do with less money.
    People need to go out and vote NO.

  • SCSBdeceivespublic posted at 7:55 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    SCSBdeceivespublic Posts: 15

    School Board cries wolf over mileage rate. So much waste.

  • Proofisinthepudding posted at 5:31 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Proofisinthepudding Posts: 1

    Of course this artical says it would be horrible to stop the tax. As a home owner for eons I say enough is enough. The tax does not sound like a lot until it hits the bill at your house. Stop this tax and then start cutting all the spending. How many projects come out of our land taxes? Instead of building white elephant bus stops on Cattleman Rd that almost nil people use or driving those hugh buses around that are never filled. Downsize to make sense and cut our property taxes.
    I say you never really own your home, you just buy the place and lease it from the county.
    Stop the spending.................


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