Pros and Cons – School 1 Mil Tax Referendum Renewal

Manatee voters approved a 1 mil tax increase for local schools in 2018. Should we vote to continue this tax?

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, a special election will be held on renewing a one-mill property tax for Manatee Schools.  The school district has used these funds for 2 full years, so facts and figures are now available as to their purpose and results.  In order to avoid the considerable cost of a special election in the future, and to increase voter participation, future renewals will be during Presidential elections.

  • What was the need for these additional funds and how has the school district used them? What are the current needs?
  • How are the funds accounted for and monitored?
  • How did this extra funding improve student outcomes?
  • Are there other sources to address these needs?

Get answers to these concerns and more. 


  • Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent of the School District of Manatee County
  • Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, Co-Chair of ForwardManatee (committee for the referendum renewal)
  • Jack May, President of the Manatee Patriot Party
  • Amanda Ballard, Attorney

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Sep 13 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm