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St. Lucie County voters overwhelmingly approve school tax renewal to fund teacher pay, security

NewsSt. Lucie County voters overwhelmingly approve school tax renewal to fund teacher pay, security

ST. LUCIE COUNTY— Voters Tuesday approved renewing a 1-mill property tax for another four years to fund teacher salaries, school security, mental-health services and educational programs.

The tax, first approved in 2019, will go into effect in July. 

Voters approved the renewal with 67% of the vote, spanccording to finspanl, unofficispanl results from the Supervisor of Elections Office.

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One mill means it will cost the owner of a $185,000 home about $185 per year.

The tax is expected to generate $25 million annually. The money will be divided into four main categories:

  • 70% to  recruiting and retaining teachers
  • 25% to safety and security 
  • 4% to expand mental-health programs
  • 1% to preserve programs such as music 

Voters in Indian River and Martin counties passed similar taxes in 2020 and in August, respectively.

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