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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A presentation to the Duval County School Board on Tuesday showed that a one-mill tax introduced last year raised about $113 million.

Duval County voters have approved a 2022 property tax increase that will raise teacher salaries, strengthen arts and sports programs, and support charter schools.

A mill is equal to a tax of one dollar for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. So if your home is worth $300,000, that one mill tax is equal to $300 per year.

According to the data, 81% of that revenue went to Duval County public schools last school year, while 19% went to charter schools. State law requires charter schools to receive a portion of the money based on the number of students they serve.

Within the district, most of the money raised, nearly $58 million, went to pay teachers.

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Teachers at the lowest end of the pay scale received a pay increase of $5,401 this year, and those at the highest end of the pay scale received increases of $7,041.

However, this additional wage will only apply as long as the one-mill tax is in force; this will expire in three years.

Tammie Brooks-Evans, president of the Duval Teachers United union, said she believes there is a better solution to raising teacher salaries.

“If the legislature funded public schools as intended, there would be no need for referendums where taxpayers pay additional money,” she said.

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The one factory also raised more than $11 million for arts and sports last year, which went toward new music and art supplies and the installation of artificial turf fields and playgrounds. However, there is still a budget shortfall for some of the projects planned with the factory’s funds.

“It’s the same situation as the half penny, because at a certain point the costs have gone up and you can only make so much, so you have to figure out what the whole thing looks like,” said Darryl Willie, chairman of the Duval County School Board.

At a school board workshop on Tuesday, staff said they would present new spending plans to the board for approval in the coming months that reflect current financial realities.

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