Fla. City's Council Split Over Placing School Surtax On Ballot

By Matthew Nesto (August 20, 2019, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A fight to put a sales surtax referendum on the ballot this November in Florida's sixth-largest school district was complicated further Tuesday when two Jacksonville City Council committees rendered conflicting votes on whether to withdraw the measure.

After a midmorning hearing by the council's Finance Committee ended in a 5-2 vote recommending the full council withdraw the ballot measure, the Rules Committee reached the opposite conclusion in the afternoon, voting 4-3 to keep moving forward with a 15-year half-cent surtax pegged to fund school renovations.

These latest committee votes follow a three-month dispute between the City Council and Duval County School...

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