Tag: half cent sales tax

Staff ReportsAugust 28, 2018

An initiative to pass a half-cent sales tax for Washington County public schools passed at the ballot box Tuesday. The measure, aimed at funding facility and technology improvements in the school district, received nearly 58 percent of the vote, with all precincts reporting. The rural county, about 100 miles west of Tallahassee, has a population […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 29, 2016

The last eight months in Jacksonville politics have been dominated by one referendum. County Referendum 1, which would allow Jacksonville to extend a current 1/2-cent sales surtax past its sunset and to dedicate it to a $2.8 billion unfunded pension liability, is that referendum. Mayor Lenny Curry and his political machine have done everything they could […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 11, 2016

Though two former Jacksonville City Council presidents, Bill Bishop and Stephen Joost, went to the press in opposition to County Referendum 1, which would authorize the extension of the half-cent sales tax through 2060 to deal with the $2.8 billion unfunded actuarial liability on public pensions, five more came out in support of the measure Thursday. Former […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 5, 2016

Jacksonville lawyer John Winkler is one of the most outspoken opponents of extending the half-cent sales tax to deal with the city’s unfunded pension liability. To that end he has mobilized, with a political committee, a ubiquity in comment threads, and on Tuesday, he threw down the gauntlet to debate. “I hereby offer you a public opportunity […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 3, 2016

Along the lines of its commercials, currently airing on Jacksonville television in heavy rotation, “Yes for Jacksonville” pushed out a long-form web video this week as part of its closing argument for why the half-cent sales tax should be extended to re-amortize and retire the $2.7 billion unfunded actuarial liability faced by Jacksonville’s public pensions. […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 12, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview Monday, former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney explained why he thinks Angela Corey is getting a bad rap, talked about the 4th Congressional District campaign, spoke about Corrine Brown and what the media’s missing there, and opined on the pension-tax push. And, as well, he left the door open to voting third-party in November, given the […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 28, 2016

St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure may be a long shot in the race for the Republican nomination in Florida’s 4th Congressional District, which contains Nassau County and parts of Duval and St. Johns counties. But he seems to be predicating his campaign strategy on opposition to the signature issue of Jacksonville’s political establishment: the Aug. […]


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