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Majority of Duval County residents support tax hike for education funding

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Updated: 12/16/2013 6:34 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In today's digital age, you'd be hard pressed to find someone without a piece of technology in their hands. But technology isn't just for adults.

"My 3-year-old is already programming our iPad so I think it's just a natural extension of where we're at," said Megan Kolar.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund released results Friday it got back from a new survey and it shows technology is top of mind -- 60 percent of those surveyed think every student should have an iPad or tablet in Duval County schools.

"It's important that if kids are going to be expected to use computers, technology day-to-day in the work world that we give them that same opportunity," said president Trey Csar.

Csar said the findings also concluded 67 percent of those surveyed would support a small property tax increase if the money would flow into the schools.

"We're seeing this consistent statement from the community saying that we recognize that revenues are a piece of the reform puzzle and a piece of how we improve our schools," he said.

Parents said they're all for funding for education but they're concerned about who will be watching out for your tax dollars.

"I would be open to that, again, if it's being used properly," said Kolar.

Lynn Hall said it's something she can't support.

"No I would not because I don't believe that the government would actually let the money go toward the schools I think the money would, the government would keep the money," she said.

Here's how survey participants think the money should be used if a tax increase for schools is approved:

- 38 percent want to see it used for specialized programs to keep kids from dropping out.
- 27 percent said it should go toward teacher pay raises.
- 15 percent want it for technology.


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