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1/2 Cent Renewal

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Thank You Message from Superintendent Mittelstadt

November 9, 2022

Thank you, Flagler County, for your continued support of your public school system. For the past twenty years, you have paid a ½ cent for our kids, and Tuesday, you agreed to continue to do this for another ten years. This funding has been vital in allowing us first to prepare our students for the 21st century. We can now continue preparing them for an ever-changing world.

This renewal was made possible by the support given to Flagler Schools by every elected body in our county, as well as our local realtors, Chamber of Commerce, and unions. I also want to thank our Education Foundation and the Funding Flagler’s Educational Future Political Action Committee, which spearheaded the campaign on a grass-roots level.

Finally, I want to thank our teachers, staff, administrators, students, and parents. You are the reason our community supports us. You are why voters continue to renew this ½ cent surtax because the people in our county see your successes and want to keep this momentum going.

Our next step is to organize a Citizens Oversight Committee, a process I will lay out before our School Board in the weeks ahead. While it was important for the ballot measure to pass, it is equally important for us to show everyone, even those who may not have supported it when they cast their ballot, that we will continue to be good stewards of this money.

Again, on behalf of all of us with Flagler Schools, thank you for your commitment to our children.

Elevating Excellence,

Cathy Mittelstadt
Superintendent, Flagler Schools
 

why renew?

The 1/2 cent is NOT A NEW TAX and the continuation will not increase our taxes. 100% of the funds collected directly support our Flagler County students. The renewal will allow us to continue to support instructional technology, enhance safety and security, and create workforce-ready graduates.

OFFICIAL BALLOT LANGUAGE

SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM CONTINUING SALES SURTAX TO FUND TECHNOLOGY, SCHOOL SAFETY, AND EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS

Shall the Flagler County School Board continue to levy a one-half cent sales surtax, beginning January 1, 2023, for a period of ten years, to finance all school technology upgrades, retrofitting, equipping and improvements (including but not limited to safety and security); school and facility construction, renovation, and remodeling; procuring and maintaining school buses; land acquisition and improvement; and allowable uses for eligible charters schools receiving their proportionate share of revenues based on district enrollment?

Instruction to Voters:

____ FOR THE continuation of a one-half CENT TAX

____ AGAINST THE continuation of a one-half CENT TAX

1/2 cent sales tax the last 20 years and beyond
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The Rationale

A half-cent sales tax is paid by everyone, including visitors to our county. It's a small contribution for the individual with a huge impact on our schools and community.

It's Not a New Tax

Flagler County voters first approved this surtax in 2002 and then again 2012. Flagler Schools has delivered on the projects funded by this surtax, including 1:1 devices, safer schools, and college and career readiness.

Money Stays in Flagler

Unlike other funding which comes from Tallahassee, all the money collected with this surtax stays here in Flagler County to support our students, schools, and community.

  • All Schools Benefit

  • All Students Benefit

  • All of Flagler COunty Benefits

1/2 Cent Sales Tax Renewal Building on the Commitment
Boy using iPad in class.

Enhancing educational technology keeps our students prepared for the future.

Student presenting to peers.

Innovative learning spaces increase student engagement and collaboration.

Quality schools raise property values.

Quality schools improve a community's quality of life and raises property values.

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Funds can be used for improving our facilities and increasing safety and security.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Preparing our students for a successful future