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.