Broward Educators Urge Residents To Pass Referendum

posted by Jessi Minneci - 

Educators are urging Broward County homeowners to vote in favor of their referendum.

Residents will soon be voting on a proposed tax hike that would support school campus security and would increase teachers’ salary.

Due to low state funding, educators are hoping that residents will help make for up what is needed to keep students safe when they are at school and increase teachers’ salaries.

The proposed tax increase would raise about $93 million a year over the four years it would be collected, as of July 2019.

According to district officials: 

  • $18.6 million a year would be spent on security
  • $7.4 million a year would be spent for more guidance counselors and social workers 
  • $67 million per year would go toward teacher and staff pay increases

School district officials said that even with the proposed property tax increase, Broward homeowners would still be paying one of the lowest rates among large school districts in Florida.

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