07-10-2012 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #11


Title
Information Related to Voter Referendum

Discussion

The wording below has been drafted related to a referendum for the November 6, 2012 ballot.  The purpose of this agenda item is to request School Board approval of the proposal and submittal of the official ballot language to the Supervisor of Elections.

The final official ballot language must be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than August 21, 2012, in order to be placed on the November 6, 2012 ballot.  Upon School Board approval, the official ballot language will be sent to the Brevard County Commission, who will in turn forward it to the Supervisor of Election.

Per section 101.161(1), Florida Statutes in reference to the ballot language:

  • The title is limited to 15 words
  • The actual language of the referendum is limited to 75 words

Below is the proposed ballot language:

OFFICIAL BALLOT

ONE-HALF CENT SALES SURTAX FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY; AND ELIMINATE ONE-QUARTER MILL PROPERTY TAX

As the School Board will stop levying the critical needs 0.25 mills property tax in 2013-14, shall it be allowed to levy a one-half cent school capital outlay surtax on sales in Brevard County, effective 1/1/13 for a period of 10 years unless property tax assessments return to the 2008-09  level. Proceeds will be used for critical improvements to school facilities and educational technology needs as described in a School Board resolution adopted on 7/10/12.

_________ FOR THE ONE-HALF CENT TAX

_________ AGAINST THE ONE-HALF CENT TAX

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As a point of information, the entire resolution must be printed in the newspaper twice.  We estimate that it will take a 1/2 page each time at a total cost of $4,075.

 



Recommendation
Approve the attached Resolution and authorize the Superintendent to forward the official ballot language to the Brevard County Commission.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 6/28/2012
Consent after Information7/10/2012

Authority for Action
F.S. 212.055(6) and F.S. 101.161(1)

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
12-13$4,075NoXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Contact

Judy R. Preston, Associate Superintendent for Financial Services, ext. 600

Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, 321-639-0505




Attachment:  Resolution - One-Half Cent Sales Tax Final Vote.pdf