DCPS and city leaders state case for half cent sales tax in Duval County

Duval County voters decide on school funding plan in November

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — DCPS Board chairman Warren Jones, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene, and Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci laid out the district’s case for why Duval County needs a half-cent sales tax in a virtual panel Tuesday night.

Indivisible Mandarin hosted the discussion via Zoom.

Voters will decide on whether to bring a half-cent sales tax to Duval County in November.

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Carlucci said city council supports the half-cent sales tax.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry tweeted Tuesday night saying he also supports the measure.

Jones shared photos of schools in disrepair and outdated technology.

“They demonstrate the kinds of issues you can see. That TV you saw looks like one from the 1950′s or sixties when I was in school,” said Jones.

DCPS says the average age of schools in the district is 44 years old and says many of the schools need immediate attention.

“If you’ve heard the presentation at any other time, with any other individual, they first start off telling you that we have the oldest schools in the state of Florida, and we do,” said Dr. Greene.

DCPS says the sales tax revenue would be used to improve school security, build 28 new schools, remove all 438 portables, and reduce the average age of schools by 11 years.

“To upgrade the overall learning experience for children and the work environment for teachers,” said Jones.

The district says school consolidation is also part of the plan to enhance teaching and learning experiences with sales tax funding and says the process began last school year.