Citizens in Alachua County will have the opportunity to vote on the One Mill for Schools tax on Election Day. This property tax has allowed schools to fund art, music and technology programs, as well as positions like guidance counselors and media specialists since 2008.
Some programs are completely funded by the tax. If it doesn’t get approved, these programs could potentially be cut.
Alachua County Public Schools spokesperson Jackie Johnson said that good schools bring in jobs and businesses and raise property values.
“Approval of the One Mill this time around won’t increase anybody’s school property taxes,” Johnson said. “What it will do is ensure that we can maintain vital programs and services in our schools that otherwise we could not afford.”