City Council will consider tax referendum for schools (again)

The Duval School Board's request for a referendum has several sponsors on the Council.


For more than a year, our community has been discussing a half-penny sales tax to repair and replace our aging school buildings. The Duval County School Board has requested a referendum for a 15-year, half-penny sales tax, and City Council is deciding whether to place it on the ballot for this fall's general election.

Next week, City Council meetings are resuming following a coronavirus hiatus, and three committees will take up the Duval County School Board's request to place the sales tax on the fall ballot.

Monday, April 6, 9:30 AM - Neighborhoods Committee

Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 AM - Finance Committee

Tuesday, April 7, 2:00 PM - Rules Committee

More details, the link to the livestream and full meeting agendas are available on the city's website.

Although the City Council has taken this up twice before, deferring it once and voting it down once, the bill appears to have more support this time. Several members of the Council are sponsoring it, including Matt Carlucci, Reggie Gaffney, Joyce Morgan, Ju'Coby Pittman, Garrett Dennis, Sam Newby, Tommy Hazouri and Brenda Priestly Jackson.

JPEF has been working hard to inform the community on this historic opportunity to better fund our schools. For more information: 

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Upcoming Event

Election Day

This fall, voters will have a chance to determine the direction of our public schools through four School Board elections and a referendum on a half-penny sales tax for Duval County Public Schools.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020
  • Time: 12:00AM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Your polling place
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-penny for schools 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Did You Know?

86.5 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2019, a record high.

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