WUFT News

In depth: Guards in schools and the costs to tax payers

By on April 16th, 2013

Florida Senate Bill 514 would allow counties to create independent districts that impose taxes to pay for school safety and mental health services. The bill was proposed in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Although Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has provided temporary funding for resource officers to be on elementary school campuses at all times, those expenses are not in the school board’s or sheriff’s budgets long term.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, one officer costs about $64,000 per year. According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy costs about $155,000 per year.

SB 514 would authorize a local, optional tax for districts that prefer this approach.


This entry was posted in Florida and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Misura/100002631065764 Heather Misura

    If there is anything worth being taxed for, that is it, and the independent districts would allow people to know exactly where their tax dollars would be going, so I would expect a lot of community involvement in such an arrangement. Does anyone know yet what kind of training will be involved in creating Florida’s school guards?

  • diannerae

    Why should we pay extra tax for them doing their job?

 

More Stories in Florida

Photos of the "Incredible Flying Cars," made by ITEC.

The Men Behind the Flying Car That Crashed in Marion County

A flying car crashed on Tuesday in Marion County after going on an orientation flight. Two passengers suffered minor injuries but are currently safe.


Gov. Scott Announced Funding For Final Phase Of Restoration Projects

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced funding for the third and largest phase of early restoration projects to combat the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill of 2010 on Oct. 7. Although $100 million was allocated to Florida by the Deepwater Horizon [...]


Florida bay scallops typically reach a shell height of three inches and have a life expectancy of one year. They have tiny blue eyes that help detect movement, and they can swim backward by opening and closing the two shells.

Scallop Researchers to Start Underwater Surveying

Now that the harvesting season is over, researchers are starting underwater studies to determine the state of scallop populations at 10 sites along the west coast of Florida.


At the initial hiring event in Orlando, Fla., 55 veterans and military personnel were in attendance. About 150 veterans have applied to work with the Department of Corrections since the initiative was launched on Jun. 26.

DOC Partners with National Guard, Hires Military Personnel

The Florida Department of Corrections partnered with the Florida National Guard to hire veterans and military personnel who are unemployed. These specialty hiring events last all day and are open to all branches in the Florida National Guard and Reserves.


photo

‘Pot Predicament’ Forum Fuels Amendment 2 Debate

A panel of four met to discuss Amendment 2 and medical marijuana at a Tuesday night forum on the University of Florida Campus. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and former Florida House Speaker John Mills dominated the forum as they debated each other about legislation language and the need for medical marijuana.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments