SANFORD, Fla. - It will now be up to Seminole County voters to decide whether to raise their own property taxes in an effort to save their schools.
The meeting was heated at times, with some people worried that the
"We don't have Disney World. We don't have the arena. We don't even have Wally World. But we have the best school system in the state," said Lew Cottrill at the Tuesday night meeting.
Those in favor of raising property taxes were passionate, saying a top-rated school system is what drives Seminole County, and they're worried the system is in trouble.
Over the past four years the district has been forced to
"It's about preserving our academic programs, our vocational programs, our arts and athletics," said Vogel.
But those against raising taxes came out in force as well.
"When you raise taxes it has a negative impact to the economy," said Grant Maloy.
The county's biggest businesses would pay much more.
The joint venture that owns JC
The Colonial Grand Apartments in Lake Mary would pay $37,000 more.
Attorney John Morgan would pay about $2,000 more each year on his Lake Mary mansion.
After some testy
The question will go to voters in the November election.