Palm Beach County School Property Tax Renewal (November 2010)

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A Palm Beach County School Property Tax Renewal measure was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Palm Beach County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 225,884 (66.45%)Approveda
  • NO 114,043 (33.55%)[1]

This measure sought to continue the current $.25 per $1,000 of assessed property tax for a further five years. The current tax would expire the end of the current year if not approved for renewal. The money from this tax goes towards general operational costs of the schools in the county. School officials stated the need of continuing this tax was important to maintain the current level of education for students.[2]

Legal Issues

A questionable email and flyer distribution had some wondering if the district was trying to persuade votes in a certain direction. Legally school officials were not allowed to express their opinions on the referendum, just give information. But recent distributions allegedly showed the school trying to persuade teachers and voters to vote in favor. Though school officials noted that the messages were cleared through the legal department.[3]

After the election, the school board was found guilty of using tax payer's money to fund their view on this measure and were set a fine of $750. The superintendent of the school admitted guilt and the board will decide to pay the fine or let the issue go to court.[4]