The turnout for the November 6th election in Alachua County was higher than ever before in a midterm election, with 64.1% turnout among registered voters!
Two important local referendums passed, which will mean critical funding for children in Alachua County!
Half-Cent for Alachua Schools
A half-cent sales tax, which goes into effect this March, will provide much-needed funds to repair our aging school facilities, making sure Alachua County children have an improved learning environment. Repairs at many schools have already started, with major projects slated to begin spring 2019.
Children’s Trust of Alachua County
A ½ mil tax will provide funding for children during the times when they are not in school – before Kindergarten and after school activities. This funding will help meet the mental health and emotional development needs of children at times when they need it most.
Thanks to all who helped support, promote, and vote for these initiatives!
At the state level, several amendments passed which will negatively impact the state’s ability to fund public education:
Amendment 2: places a cap on homestead tax assessments
Amendment 5: requires a two-thirds vote of the state legislature in order to raise taxes
Congratulations to the following individuals, who will be representing Alachua County at the local, state and national level. ACCPTA looks forward to working with you to further our legislative priorities and advocate for all children.
United States Senator: Rick Scott
Representative in Congress – District 3: Ted Yoho
Governor: Ron DeSantis
State Senator – District 8: Keith Perry
State Representative – District 20: Clovis Watson
State Representative – District 10: Chuck Brannan
State Representative – District 21: Chuck Clemons
County Commissioner – District 2: Marihelen Wheeler
County Commissioner – District 4: Ken Cornell
School Board – District 3: Gunnar Paulson
School Board – District 1: Tina Certain
School Board – District 5: Rob Hyatt