By George Miller, 9-10-23
School tax increases are on tomorrow’s (9-11-23) Nassau County School Board meeting agenda, which features the final budget. Basic rates (millage) weren’t raised, but opponents say that rapidly growing property assessments have vastly increased school taxes and that last year’s referendum increased them still more, since rates are based upon property value assessments. There is also controversy about the actual amount the 1 mill incremental increase generates and its use vs. promises made. You may want to go there and weigh in, or send the board/Superintendent a note and make reader comments on our articles here.
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING – FINAL PUBLIC HEARING – BUDGET Sept. 11, 6:30 PM
The school budget has soared upward disproportionally in recent years, even considering inflation and student body growth. Is it justified? Decide and let board members know.
Just for information, last year’s total budget was $248,000,000, for about 12,000+ students, which was already well over $20,000 per student. It will go significantly higher if the proposed budget is approved.
Without going into all the details in this article, here instead are some past, relevant CJF articles, both pro and con. You can find more in other local publications, too.
September 8, 2023
Feature By Deb Boelkes, We The People Fri, Sep 8 at 3:18 PM To We the People – Today we have some replies from the school board,…
July 26, 2023
Press Release By Nassau County Board of County Commissioners 07-24-23 Nassau County, Florida, July 24, 2023 – On Monday, July 24, 2023, the Board of County Commissioners held…
August 10, 2023
Press Release By Citizens Defending Freedom- Nassau County, 8-10-23 Thanks to the Citizens Journal for covering this important school budget oversight issue. The decisions made by…
November 18, 2022
News By Kevin Harris, 11-18-22 Nassau County voters narrowly approved a school district referendum enacting a 4-yearproperty tax during the November 8 midterm election, to largely…
August 9, 2023
Opinion By George Miller, 8-7-23 Back in May of 2022, Rich Lamken, a Citizens Defending Freedom Board member and Education Lead at the time asked the…
August 9, 2023
Resources last updated 8-9-23 Nassau County School Board Shannon Hogue, District 1, [email protected] 904-556-1568 Gail Cook, District 2, [email protected] 904 261-9127 Curtis Gaus, District 3, [email protected] 904-887-9071 Dr. Cynthia Grooms, Chair, District 4, groo[email protected] 904-845-8105 Lisa…
George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of Citizens Journal Florida, based in Fernandina Beach. He is a “retired” operations management consultant, software and publishing executive (10 years) and manufacturing management professional.