In 2018, Palm Beach County voters approved a local tax referendum to increase public school teacher salaries and improve safety by expanding security and mental health services on school grounds. The question, which appeared on the ballot during the midterm general elections, passed with overwhelming support. This was just one of 20 local tax referendums put before voters last year. All 20 passed. People across the state said “yes” to investing in teachers and schools, transportation, parks, trails, libraries and fire services.
This should have sent a clear message to Florida lawmakers: Sunshine State voters want to see their communities thrive. Local revenue-raising measures remain a crucial and necessary mechanism for meaningful investment, as Florida legislators have underfunded critical public services at the state level for more than a decade.