Fri, August 17, 2018
The 2018 Florida primary election is rapidly approaching and there are many issues for voters to research. One of the most important issues this year concerns our local schools and students. I encourage Orange County voters to vote YES on the Orange County schools one-mill property tax renewal.
The renewal of the one-mill property tax supports our school system by allowing OCPS to retain highly qualified teachers, protect arts and athletic programs, and support strong academic programs and student activities. As a past PTA, PTSA President and SAC Chair, I know how important community support for our schools is and will always be. With workforce development taking on ever-increasing importance, a successful school system is just one of the many assets we have that makes Orange County stand out in the region and state as a great place for business.
OCPS has shown that it is using these funds efficiently to improve the future for our local students. Since 2011, graduation rates have risen from 82.9% to 93.8%. OCPS is consistently recognized for its fiscal responsibility, receiving the Governor's Sterling award three times since 2014 for organizational efficiency.
Our community support for this tax has been invaluable and I hope we will support its renewal. I am proud that the West Orange Chamber Board of directors is supporting this initiative, so vote yes for the School Board Question on the August 28 primary ballot.